Kody Davies destroys debut opponent inside two rounds

Kody Davies destroys debut opponent inside two rounds

Blackwood’s Kody Davies (1-0, 1KO) stormed to a second round stoppage in an exciting debut against Andrejs Tolstihs (11-28-2, 11KO).

The light-heavyweight enjoyed strong vocal support from over 250 fans atop British Warrior’s third promotion at the LC2 in Swansea and has reason to be pleased with a perfect professional debut.

Davies, 23-years-old, was straight on to the front foot, pressing Tolstihs with plenty of feints as his hands hung at waist height. It displayed the southpaw’s smooth style, which will be difficult for opponent’s to negotiate.

A snappy straight left and right hook combination made Davies’ first major dent. It was delivered on the inside and dumped the visitor to his knees inside the opening 60 seconds. Smelling blood, Davies went on the hunt and a frenzied follow up attack bundled Tolstihs through the ropes and out of the ring, seemingly on to his head.

The rules dictate that boxers who exit a ring due to a punch have 20 seconds to respond and to Tolstihs’ credit, referee Reece Carter wasn’t required to count that long. Tolstihs was back in the ring and on the retreat to see the bell sound to end the opener.

That wouldn’t happen again though and Davies instantly regained momentum in the second round. Buoyed on by the crowd, which included Davies’ close friend and legendary two-weight world champion Joe Calzaghe, the Welshman again dished out more strong combinations.

After two more trips to the canvas, when Tolstihs had no option to escape Davies other than to sink to his knees, the contest was waved off and the first instalment of a potentially exciting career was complete.

It was an impressive transition from the amateur game for Davies, who won numerous Welsh titles and appeared at the Commonwealth Games, which led to a Team GB call up towards the end of his time in the unpaid code.

‘Property of God’, as Davies refers to himself, has also moved down in weight, from the equivalent of cruiserweight to light-heavyweight. It’s a total of 25lbs between the divisions and it’s the biggest difference in weight categories in boxing, though Davies appeared comfortable with his leaner physique.

Davies seems to have gelled very well with Gavin Rees. The former British, European and world champion recently set up a successful amateur gym, Pantside Boxing Club. Davies is their first professional prizefighter and it was the first time Rees had cornered one. Gary Lockett, Rees’ former trainer, manages Davies and appeared alongside ‘The Rock’ on fight night.

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