Liverpool super-lightweight, Robbie Davies Jnr., looks to continue a hot streak of early finishes when he has his third fight in just five months in Blackpool next week.
The 26 year old is unbeaten in 10 contests as a professional and, with seven of those coming early, including his last five, he is rapidly emerging as one of the hardest punchers in the division.
Son of exciting 1970’s light-middleweight, Robbie Davies Snr., the scouser faces tough Yorkshireman Ryan Hardy in the seaside resort on 12 December and the likeable Liverpudlian is keen to make an impression ahead of what he predicts will be both a busy and exciting 2016.
Davies said: “I’ve been working hard in the gym with Dave (Tonks) and sparring has been good. I’ve been in with WBC Mediterranean champion, Nicolas Gonzalez, who is highly rated and I’m in great shape. I can’t wait to get back in the ring. Three fights in a few months is exactly what I needed after being out for a bit through inactivity and injury.”
Often as unpredictable as he is tough, Hardy is a decent opponent for Davies at this stage of his career but the former Knowsley Vale amateur believes his superior fitness, technique – he was a more than capable amateur who lost the 2012 ABA light-welterweight final in controversial circumstances – and power, will see him gain another win.
Revealing that he will gladly accept victory no matter the route, Davies said: “My power isn’t anything I’ve been particularly working on but I know I hit hard and I’m not going to complain if I win early. We’ve seen Hardy before and he can sometimes be a bit cagey but I mean to set the pace throughout the fight. I’m fit enough for eight hard rounds if need be but I know I can finish anyone in the division if I connect right so I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Although not a fighter to look beyond his next opponent, Davies knows that a win next week to continue his unbeaten run in the paid ranks could see him in some exciting fights next year. He said: “Every fight is a must win for me now so I’m taking no chances. I’ve sat down with my manager, Neil [Marsh], and we’ve planned out 2016 already. There are some really big fights for me next year and maybe a few surprises but they wont happen if I don’t beat Hardy. I’m confident I will do that.”
Davies fights Ryan Hardy on a five fight dinner show promoted by Carl Greaves and Neil Marsh, at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool on Saturday 12 December. Also appearing will be Kirkham’s English welterweight champion Adam Little, Irishman Philip Sutcliffe jnr., Tommy McCarthy and heavyweight Bill Hodgson who makes his professional debut.