Ryan Stewart Davies will only benefit from the longer distance as he prepares for his first title fight on Saturday night (April 7th).
“Rhino” will face Chris Adaway on BCB Promotions’ Line Of Fire show at The Venue in Dudley for a Welterweight Challenge Title.
It means Davies will go eight rounds for the first time in his professional career, having gone all four in his first three bouts before stopping Myles Vale in the fourth and final round of his last fight on March 3rd.
Not that the longer distance is remotely affecting Davies – in fact, the Tividale welterweight insists he will thrive when he takes on Adaway over the longer distance.
“Obviously I’ve kick boxed for a long time and fought on shows for titles right through that career, so I’m used to being the main event and the last fight on the card,” said Davies.
“I look forward to it and I’ll thrive under it – I’m buzzing to get in there for the eight rounds.
“I’ll prepare as I’ve always done because I know I’m fit enough for the eight rounds. I’m not worried about that at all. It’s just about the opponent and working the gameplan for then.
“I’ve seen little bits of Chris. I know he’s fought Luke Paddock and Kane Baker – I can watch their fights and pick bits up from that.
“Fitness is always my main attribute anyway. In looking forward to longer rounds and fights for titles, I prepare for 10 or 12 rounds anyway.
“We’ve been working on tactics and pacing myself over the rounds. Obviously you’ve got to be aware that there will be different tactics over the rounds, developing gameplans over the longer distance.
“My fitness and my timing is underestimated. I’ve got good distance and range and over a longer fight with more rounds, I can show more skills and more of the attributes I’ve got. The eight rounds will massively benefit me.”
Securing a title fight in just his fifth professional bout is another boost to Davies, and having recorded his first stoppage little more than a month before facing Adaway, “Rhino” knows he has the power to back up his stamina.
“I always hoped it would come this quick but for it to actually be happening is a real bonus,” he said. “So I’m absolutely buzzing with it.
“I want the belt. That’s my motivation, that’s my goal. That’s the mindset and I want that to progress on further.
“Getting the stoppage is a massive boost. I knew that with an opponent like Myles, it would suit me massively.
“I know I carry power but people come to watch me and I want them to know I can stop people.”
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