Preview: Dai Davies to take another step towards a domestic title shot

Preview: Dai Davies to take another step towards a domestic title shot

Merthyr Tydfil’s Dai Davies (13-24-2, 2KO) will try to take another step towards contention for a major domestic title shot on Saturday.

‘Dutters’, as he’s affectionately known in his hometown, will headline Sanigar Events’ Merthyr Mayhem show at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre. It will be the 40th fight of Davies’ 12-year career and he’s set to fight an unbeaten Hungarian featherweight in Norbert Kalucza (11-0, 6KO) over eight rounds.

Davies, a three time Welsh Area champion, has won four of his last five fights, including a stoppage of Welsh super-bantamweight champion Robbie Turley and a points win against Andy Townend, who fights for the British super-featherweight title in September. The only recent reverse was a controversial distance loss to Yorkshire’s Josh Wale but Davies, who has improved since working with ex-pro and new trainer Jason Thomas, should have enough to overcome the untested visitor.

The non-televised show took a blow when Cefn Hengoed’s Hari Miles withdrew from his agreed fight with Mountain Ash’s Dorian Darch. It would have been the first time the Welsh Area heavyweight title would have been contested for nearly three decades. Instead, Darch locks horns with Sheffield’s David Howe (11-2, 6KO) in a four rounder.

In the show’s other competitive fight, Commonwealth Games medalist Jermaine Asare (3-1) was due to be attempting to bounce back from a first defeat against Aberdare’s returning Anthony Trow (1-2). However, the light-heavyweights will now be in separate contests with Mitch Mitchell (6-49-3, 2KO) and Andy Neylon (1-11-1).

St Joseph’s Boxing Club quartet Robbie Turley (16-6, 3KO), Morgan Jones (7-0, 3KO), Kyle Jones (5-0) and Ashley Brace (3-0, 1KO) should have their hands raised in routine match-ups with Brett Fidoe (6-26-2, 5KO), Elvis Dube (7-50-2, 5KO), Ibrar Riyaz (4-102-4, 2KO) and Claudia Ferenczi (11-52-6, 4KO).

There will be first appearances for amateur standouts Gavin Gwynne and Sonny Lee at lightweight and super-welterweight, who will make their professional debuts against Joe Beeden (2-39-1) and Lewis Van Poetsch (4-43). Swansea’s Kristian Touza will also start his career in the paid code against Quasim Hussain (3-61-2).

Welsh amateur middleweight champion Jamie ‘JJ’ Evans (1-0), who is trained by Darren Wilson, will fight in Wales for the first time against winless Ben Heap (0-4) and Bridgend’s Richie Canning (3-0-1) completes the card, hoping to put a draw behind him by beating the another winless visitor in Jack Green (0-4).

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