In a stern test of his fighting credentials ahead of a likely 2018 shot at a version of the world super lightweight title, Liverpool’s Robbie Davies jnr., will defend his WBA Continental belt against the highly-rated Polish No. 1, Michal Syrowatka, on the undercard of the Chris Eubank v Arthur Abraham bill in London on July 15th – which is live and exclusive on ITV Box office.
With just one defeat – later avenged – in 19 contests, 29 year-old Syrowatka – one of the most popular fighters in his native country – has been a pro since 2012 and was formerly his country’s national amateur champion (2009) at 64kg as well as representing Poland at the 2011 European and World Championships – were he lost to surprise champion Everton Lopes of Brazil.
With six stoppage wins, Syrowatka may not appear to be a heavy hitter but with five of these coming inside 12 minutes – including a WBC Baltic Silver super lightweight title victory in 2015 and an early stoppage win over former European welterweight champion, Rafal Jackiewicz – the Pole can be dangerous if an opponent doesn’t settle quickly.
Contemplating his opponent, and the undoubted challenges he will bring, Davies said: “I’m made up to be fighting someone of the calibre of Syrowatka. He’s highly rated and looks a tough fighter who will come to win and will be my hardest opponent so far. He’s been in with some good names and from watching him he boxes well and can take a shot. I’m expecting a tough fight but that’s to be expected at this level. I’m closing in on a world title shot and I aim to not only win but look impressive as well.”
Davies revealed that he has been in training for some time, and admits he can’t wait to be back in front of the ITV cameras once more. He said: “It’s looking like it will be a great show and I’m really looking forward to defending my belt in front of the ITV camera’s again. Last time [January 2017 WTKO Zoltan Szabo] I did well and lots of people were impressed with my performance but I know I can do even better and I aim to do just that in July.
“Training with Dave and Joe [Tonks] and Alan [Kaufman]is going great. I feel strong and fast but, having had the big show experience last time, I’m more relaxed too. I know what I need to do. I’ll win in style and then look ahead to hopefully a world title next year.”
Davies’ manager, Neil Marsh, also reinforced the capability of the Pole, stating that: “I am delighted to have secured this fight for Robbie. We searched high and low for the right opponent to prepare him for his assault on the world title in the next 12 months or so and Sytowatka does this; he is very strong, practically unbeaten and definitely coming to try and upset our journey, but I am sure this isn’t going to happen.”
On the opportunities now opening for his charge, Marsh added: “Robbie is ready to go. With the help of myself and his team he has developed over the years into a proper champion in waiting. He is ready now for a stern test and this is it – the better the opponent the better he will be. We are ready to let him off his leash and the fans are in for a real treat. They will love this fight.”
Davies v Syrowatka is on Eubank v Abraham card at The SSE Arena, Wembley, promoted by Poxon Sports, in association with Team Sauerland and will be live and exclusive on ITV Box Office. The thrilling show also features unbeaten Kid Galahad against Dane Dennis Ceylan, another boxer who can boast a flawless record. Also fighting that night will be another two unbeaten boxers, Anthony Cacace against British champion, Martin Ward.
CHRIS EUBANK JNR v ARTHUR ABRAHAM – THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY – SATURDAY 15 JULY 2017
Tickets now on sale – Box Office: 0844 815 0815 ssearena.co.uk / axs.com. Tickets priced £40, £50 £80, £100, £150 & £250 (VIP)