An announcement on Liverpool super-lightweight Robbie Davies Jnr’s next contest is expected shortly and it looks like being the rematch (for the WBA Continental title) the 27-year old has yearned for since July, when he lost both his unbeaten record and his belt against the tough Polish no.1 , Michal Syrowatka at Wembley Arena.
Although negotiations are still in progress, it is believed they are close to being finalised with the highly anticipated rematch looking likely to take place in early November.
As well as giving the proud Liverpudlian the change of swift revenge over the man who stopped him in one of the fights of the year, it is also expected that the contest will take place in front of his hometown fans – a scenario that Davies jnr hasn’t experienced since March 2016 when he first won the WBA belt against Jarkko Putkonen.
After that contest, Davies’ stock rose considerably – he defended the belt in front of the ITV cameras to rise to no. 6 in the WBA rankings, winning a legion of new fans in the process – but, in the pulsating contest with Syrowatka that he dominated in the early stages, the home fighter was stopped halfway through the last round after having the Pole down in the ninth. Davies was ahead on all cards at the time of the stoppage.
Just a month later, Robbie Jnr’s father, renowned 1970s light-middleweight Robbie Davies Snr., passed away after a short illness, so the opportunity for both swift revenge and poignant reclamation is only enhanced for one of the rising stars of British boxing.
Whilst rematches are becoming rarer in the sport, particularly after such an absorbing and closely contested first meeting, Davies’ manager, Neil Marsh, revealed that this was the only fight his charge wanted – and he has worked extremely hard to get it.
Marsh said: “Robbie was obviously gutted after the first fight but the first thing he asked afterwards was for me to get the rematch. That’s all we talked about and we have worked hard to get it. We are really close to finalising the deal. November is the date we are looking at and, whilst different venues are being considered, we really want to bring the fight to Liverpool for Robbie’s fans and, more importantly, his family. We should be able to make an announcement next week.”
Should the news confirm that Davies will return to Liverpool it’s a contest that shouldn’t be missed and, if the tactics are right, then the belt looks like returning to Merseyside and with it an assault on the world title once more.