Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies has been handed an opportunity to claim his first boxing title after moving to the top of the bill at the Venue in Dudley.
Tividale’s Davies will box for a belt less than a year after switching sports from kickboxing in an eight-round main event on Saturday April 7, writes Craig Birch.
The unbeaten 25-year-old will vie for the vacant British Challenge welterweight strap with the experienced Chris Adaway on fight night.
Adaway, from Plymouth, is well-schooled and boxed for England as an amateur, graduating from the Mayflower Boxing Club in his hometown.
At the age of just 24, he’s already racked up 55 bouts in the paid ranks, with eight wins and one TKO to his credit.
Four draws have also come his way and he’s completed the eight-round distance nine times. He should be fresh, too, having yet to box in 2018.
Davies has never been past four but has four wins from a quartet of matches, including his first stoppage in the fourth against Myles Vale last time out.
He’s also outpointed Andrej Capur, Paul Cummings and MJ Hall since turning over. He’s still involved in his former calling, as an instructor at the School of Black Belts in Oldbury.
He’s registered with the British Boxing Board of Control as ‘Stewart Davies,’ using his middle name as his first to avoid confusion as there’s another Ryan Davies fighting professionally.
Les Byfield, from Netherton, supports the main event with his second super featherweight six-rounder and has been paired with Alec Bazza.
The Northern Irishman is winless in 35 attempts, but is strong and aggressive. He’s seen the distance 31 times out of that.
Byfield, aged 30, will reach double figures for pro outings after they touch gloves and has lost just once in nine, a points setback against the capable Reece Smith on his debut.
‘The Minefield’ has dropped just one round since, to Andy Harris after a slow start over that first time over six. He ran out a 59-57 victor on points. He’s scored one TKO, too.
Danny Ball, of Kingswinford, laces on the gloves in Dudley for the first time since his pro bow last July, where he wiped out Martin Kabrhel inside a round.
He’s scored another first round TKO since, over Cummings, and has seen off durable campaigners Hall and Chris Jenkinson over the distance.
The 21-year-old is hoping to follow in the footsteps of older brother Jamie, who is a former Midlands super welterweight champion.
In the other corner will be another Northern Irishman, veteran James Gorman, who has 57 fights of knowhow at the age of 38.
The card is completed by Brummie super lightweight Kane Baker, against Michael Mooney. Both they and Ball are scheduled for four. Tyler Denny and Humza Ali no longer feature.
Baker, 27 and from Bartley Green, has five points wins from eight contests and takes on all comers away from home. ‘Mad Man’ Mooney, from Worcester, boxes for a 55th time.
Tickets, priced at £35 or £50 ringside with waitress service, are still available by calling 07976 283 157. Alternatively, contact any of the boxers in the home corner on Facebook.