Liverpool super lightweight Robbie Davies jnr continued his eye catchingrun of inside the distance wins with a second round stoppage of Sheffield’s normally durable Ryan Hardy in Blackpool at the weekend.
A former English title challenger, Hardy had never failed to hear the final bell in his 16 pro bouts to date but Davies, gaining his eighth early finish in 11 fights since turning over in 2013, proved to have too much power for the game Yorkshireman who admitted afterwards he had been outclassed and outgunned by the hard hitting Liverpudlian, telling his twitter followers that Davies was, “a superior boxer,” and, “a different breed.”
Starting the contest with the same intent and purpose that had seen his previous five opponents stopped early, the 26-year old Dave Tonks’ trained switch hitting puncher tore into Hardy from the first bell and it wasn’t long before the Sheffield native found himself under pressure. A slow jab by Hardy near the end of the opening round saw an overhand right catch him clean and he hit the canvas for the first, but not the last, time. Jumping on his opponent once he had regained his feet, Davies bewildered Hardy with his speed and accuracy before, mid-combination, referee Steve Gray was forced to intervene at the bell.
Walking to his corner on unsteady legs, it seemed that Hardy would do well to last the full eight rounds and so it proved in the second session when, with 1:19 of the round gone, a Davies’ back hand uppercut from the southpaw stance sailed clean through his defences and caught him flush once more. Hardy managed to get to his feet with the help of the ropes but Gray rightly waved it off soon after.
Before the contest Davies revealed he would have taken a win no matter the manner by which it came but, following this victory, it would appear he is developing into one of the hardest punchers in the division and is edging ever closer to domestic honours at 10st.
The former Knowsley Vale amateur star said: “It was a good win against a good opponent and respect to Ryan for his performance. He’s a top fighter and can come again. For me to do that to someone who’s never been stopped before is a good indication of the form I’m in and the power I’ve got. I don’t think there’s anyone in the division who can take those shots and I’m looking at some big fights against some big names next year. I want to be fighting for titles and feel that I’m more than ready. Bring them on.
“Training with Dave [Tonks] was spot on and he told me to throw more uppercuts at the end of the first round and that was the shot that finished the fight. I’ll take Christmas off now and relax but then come the New Year me and Neil [Marsh] will look at what’s next and take it from there. I can’t wait.”
Davies’ manager, Neil Marsh, said: “Robbie’s stopped eight of 11 now, including his last six, so he’s proving himself to be not only one of the hardest hitters in the division, but also one of the most exciting. Robbie is a special talent who is yet to make his mark at 140lbs. I will now get to work on securing him the fights worthy of his ability in 2016.”