Hughes and Davies busy with London bouts

Hughes and Davies busy with London bouts

It will be a strong statement if Maerdy’s Alex ‘Bad News’ Hughes (2-0, 2KO) scores a hat trick of knockouts when he enters the ring for the third time as a professional on Saturday. The middleweight will appear on Hellraiser Promotions’ 15-fight show at the Harrow Leisure Centre in London, which will be televised on Eurosport (Sky Ch. 412). Deividas Sajauka (4-9, 1KO), a 24 year old who has fought in Britain on eight occasions, stands in the Welshman’s way. The Lithuanian has only left these shores with one win but he’s never been stopped, having faced renowned prospects like Marcus Morrison and Callum Hancock. On Hughes’ debut in May, he broke down the usually durable Mark Till in the final round and then stopped Jamie Gelder, who owned a 5lbs weight advantage, in December to maintain a 100% knockout ratio. Without a knockout in over 50 amateur fights, a lot of people underestimated Hughes’ punch power when he turned professional and in all likelihood, the 21 year old probably did, too. When brain scan issues stopped Hughes making his debut in 2011, the then teenager stayed in the gym amongst the likes of former world champions Gavin Rees and Enzo Maccarinelli. In that period of training, Hughes’ dedication directly correlated with his physical maturity and it’s been evident in his first two fights. Another factor that has led to Hughes’ increased physical presence is his work with Gary Lockett, his trainer and manager who once carried dynamite in both hands during his days competing for titles in the early 2000’s. Lockett has adjusted Hughes’ style, prompting the naturally cautious pugilist to lead off more, start exchanges on the front foot whilst retaining his ability to counter-punch. On the same show, Llanelli’s Zack Davies will start writing a new chapter of his boxing career when he turns professional. The light-welterweight will embark on his journey in the paid code against Dan Carr (3-63-2, 2KO), a durable journeyman who has only ever been beaten inside the distance on one occasion – against Blackwood’s Craig Evans on the super-featherweight’s debut in 2010. It will be Davies’ first outing for six months, having not fought since representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games where he reached the quarter-final stage, only to be beaten by eventual gold medalist, Scotland’s Josh Taylor. The 23 year old, who celebrated his birthday last week, has spent the autumn and winter preparing to become a professional by splitting his time between Gary Lockett’s gym in Cardiff and a local facility. In that time, Davies has sparred the likes of Commonwealth light-middleweight champion Liam Williams and Dale Evans. Given that the 2014 Welsh Senior Championships winner is from the South West where professional shows are severely scarce, the vast majority of Davies’ contests won’t be near home. Luckily, Davies is no stranger to fighting across different countries and continents, having travelled a lot in his amateur career, which consists of over 100 bouts.

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