Hughes and Davies shine in London wins

On Saturday night at the Harrow Leisure Centre in London, Alex ‘Bad News’ Hughes (3-0, 2KO) heard the final bell for the first time in his professional career as he recorded his third straight victory. The middleweight from Maerdy in the Rhondda valleys overcame a durable Deividas Sajauka (4-10, 1KO) courtesy of a 40-35 scorecard, judged by referee Bob Williams. 21 year old Hughes, who owned around a four inch height advantage, stalked Sajauka from the first bell behind a lean-back shoulder roll stance and landed with several spiteful body shots. The Welshman showed his full array of stinging power punches, often throwing double left hooks to the head to open up space to sink sickening body shots. Sajauka, who hasn’t ever been stopped inside the distance, was sent on the retreat early in the contest and found it difficult to muster any forward momentum. However, the Lithuanian visitor earned his money as he survived and covered up from corner-to-corner, resulting in the referee scoring one round 10-8 despite there being no knockdown. To be ultra-critical, Hughes could’ve been accused of being left hand happy but there were no substantial criticisms to be made of one of Welsh boxing’s most polished prospects. In the bout before Hughes’ showcase, Pontyberem’s light-welterweight Zack Davies (1-0) made a solid start to his professional career. Davies, a decorated amateur with years of international experience, dominated and defeated a crafty Dan Carr (3-64-2, 2KO) with the referee scoring the contest 40-36. The 23 year old got going early and established a the range with a measured jab. With the distance gauged, Davies continued to close it and impose his physical strength with well-timed attacks. From Davies’ upright stance, he stepped in with thudding straight shots and followed it up with short uppercuts, bloodying Carr’s nose. Davies’ left hook was renown in the amateurs and it was introduced to the paid code more and more as the fight progressed, causing Carr to wince on behalf of his rib cage. Carr, who fought 13 times in 2014, has only been stopped on one occasion and it was evident why as he often attempted to shut Davies’ inside work down and smother the Welshman’s close range combinations. The tactics drew close attention from the referee, who warned Carr for clinching on two occasions but the journeyman’s wisdom was experienced enough to go unpunished and hear the final bell.

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