TURLEY: THIS IS A BIG CHALLENGE FOR ME

Cefn Fforest’s Robbie Turley (13-4, 3KO) knows he’ll be up against it when he eventually gets his rematch with Dai Davies (10-23-2, 1KO). The popular 27-year-old will step up a weight category, from super-bantamweight (122lbs) to featherweight (126lbs), and travel to Davies’ back yard of the Merthyr Leisure Centre to challenge for the Welsh title on Sanigar Events’ July 11th show. Turley said, “I know I’m up against it. We’re going to Merthyr, it’s not far away but I’ll be the away boxer. I’m a super-bantamweight too and we’re fighting for his featherweight title but I see it as a big challenge for me. “I want to be a two weight Welsh champion but I won’t stay at featherweight after this. I don’t want nobody to think I’m moving up a weight in the long term, I’m just taking this fight to turn a red mark on my record to green. Super-bantamweight is not a problem for me, I make the weight easy.” In their first fight, which will be over five years ago by the time fight night comes around, Turley suffered his only career stoppage defeat. It came courtesy of a cut eye caused by an accidental head clash but it hasn’t made him wary of meeting Davies again. He said, “I think it’s going to be a war because he’s not at all phased by me, I can see that. In his head, he’s got the win over me and he’s very confident because of that because he thinks he knows me. He’s up for it and I am, that could make a great fight. “I think this is going to be a cracker and I’m sure in my head, I’m the one getting the win. The only thing I can say bad about Dai Davies is his record, it doesn’t show how good he can be.” Since that night in 2009, Turley went on to produce his career best form and won the Welsh and Celtic super-bantamweight titles. Issues with his brain scan saw the unorthodox pugilist sidelined for two years but Turley returned in March and quickly notched up two wins in two months. On the other hand, Davies has suffered a number of defeats since beating Turley but he still expects the best from his opponent. Turley said, “His record doesn’t say how good he can be. He’s bottled it a lot of times when he’s fighting boys he’s not sure about but he knows me well and he’s going in there with a totally different attitude. Dai Davies will fight a lot better against me than you’ve ever seen before. He’s up for it and doesn’t wanna lost that title, he’ll be right up for it. “There’s no animosity though, he’s a nice man, isn’t he? I don’t want to talk bad about him when we’re head-to-head and I don’t think he’s the type of guy to talk bad about me. I wouldn’t like to go down that road, if he cherped up then I would have answers but there’s no need for it really because we’ve been friendly when we’ve seen each other about.” In support will be Frankie Borg (8-2, 3KO), Craig Kennedy (8-0, 5KO), Alex Hughes (1-0, 1KO), Stuart Brewer (1-0), Tony Dixon (4-0, 1KO), Lewis Patterson (3-2, 1KO) and Rhys Jones. £30 and £50 tickets for the show are available from Sanigar Events and Bristol Boxing Club on 01179496699. For more information, visit: www.westcountryboxing.com. It will be broadcast on Eurosport.

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