EXCLUSIVE: Martin Murray offered Kody Davies catchweight bout as Billy Joe Saunders replacement

Phil Jay 03/06/2018

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Manager Sam Jones has revealed young star Kody Davies is ready to offer Martin Murray a replacement contest following the collapse of a world title fight with Billy Joe Saunders. 

Murray revealed heartbreaking news on Sunday of his world title dream being crushed due to an injury to Saunders, with the possibility of the clash being rearranged unlikely.

Saunders has bigger fish to fry in Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, leaving Murray hoping to land another opponent in order to save the blood and sweat of two training camps.

Welshman Davies, 23, has stepped forward, and according to Jones, is willing to meet Murray at a catchweight in just his FIFTH pro bout.

“Kody Davies is ready to fight all of them, he’ll fight Martin Murray at a catchweight on three weeks notice,” Jones exclusively told World Boxing News.

“All the light heavyweights are avoiding each other so Kody is fighting at super-middleweight and could fight Murray at 164 or 165 pounds.

“Kody wants to fight them all now and is already scheduled to fight on June 16 so he’s ready and willing if Murray wants to take the fight.

“We all know Murray struggles with middleweight as it is, so it would suit all parties if they fought somewhere in-between.

“Credit to Kody though as not many people would be willing to face someone as strong and tough as Murray on just three weeks notice, but he wants this fight.

“His trainer Gavin Rees rang me as soon as he heard the news of Saunders v Murray and said Kody was willing to step in.

“Hopefully there will be some interest on Murray’s side and we can get the fight made,” he added.

Southpaw Davies recently made his debut under the Hayemaker Promotions banner on the Tony Bellew v David Haye 2 undercard at The O2 and is lined up to compete at York Hall in two weeks time.

With just a stay-busy fight on the horizon, facing Murray would be an early acid test for the ambitious former Team GB member.