The Welsh Yorkshireman Ben Jack Davies (5-0-1, 2KO) won his first career title on Saturday by stopping Kieron Gray (6-27-1, 1KO) on Friday for the vacant British Masters Bronze middleweight title. The official announcement by the Master of Ceremonies was that Gray retired with a damaged right hand and it came after a torrid sixth round where Davies landed sever heavy uppercuts and right hands that hurt the normally durable Gray who was unable to complete the two remaining rounds. Telford’s Gray had previously only been stopped three times in 33 fights and he was coming off a win having won the British Masters Bronze super-middleweight title in his last fight. Davies, who wears the Welsh dragon on his shorts in honour of his grandfather, has now won all five of his contests at the Barnsley Metrodome and he’s beginning to build a fortress there. In Yorkshire on the following day, two weight Welsh champion Dai Davies (10-23-2, 1KO) claimed another win on the road by defeating former British Masters lightweight champion Andy Townend (7-3, 4KO). Referee Michael Alexander scored the eight round contest 77-76 in favour of the Welshman at the Doncaster Dome to give Davies his tenth professional win. The bout with Townend was meant to happen at the end of 2013 but Davies suffered an ear injury in sparring. It was Davies’ first bout since July when he was stopped by Craig Woodruff in the sixth round of their British Masters title fight. There were mixed fortunes for Welsh boxers across the pennines at the Bowler’s Arena in Manchester. Flintshire’s heavyweight Andy Jones (2-0) won every round of his four rounder with Lithuania’s Remigijus Ziausys (20-57-5, 10KO). On the same show, Wrexham’s Kerry Evans (1-0, 1KO) recovered from a second round knock down to knock out fellow debutant Shawn Malcolm (0-1) in the next round. However, Llanelli’s Robert Studzinski (3-15, 2KO) was competitive but outclassed by Preston’s middleweight Liam Conroy (6-1, 1KO) who won the six rounder via a 59-55 scoreline.

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