Undefeated British super-middleweight Kody Davies has been added to the world title bill topped by Keith Thurman v Josesito Lopez.
The 24 year-old has raced to 8-0 in his first fourteen months as a pro. Pontllanfraith’s Davies builds on making his US debut in September on the New York card.
Davies will appear at The Barclays Center on January 26. Morgan Jones will then follow for the Welsh strap on March 9 in Merthyr Tydfil.
Confirming the news to WBN on Sunday, manager Sam Jones explained the decision.
“I think it’s important to get him on these big bills in order to get him used to the big nights. That’s because I know he’ll be headlining them one day,” Jones told World Boxing News.
“Everything is in preparation for his Welsh title fight against Morgan Jones in March. Then after that, myself and Adam would love to get him a British title shot against Zach Parker.”
On doing his utmost to secure the right fights for Davies, Jones added: “Kody is a funny character, he really is. He’ll message me every day asking when he’s fighting next.
“He’s a real gym rat. He’s got a great coach who’s been there and done it in Gavin Rees. Gavin puts a hell of a lot of time into him, which I am certain will pay off.
“I’ve seen of Kody in the Gym. If I am honest, the public has only seen 30 per cent of what he’s capable of. So it’s time for Kody to start producing what he does with Gavin every day in the gym under the lights.
“We all know Kody is a special talent and has all the ability to go to the top.
“Next year you’ll see Kody in the big fights, so I urge people to follow his journey,” he concluded.
Davies has a plan in place to be on top of the pile by the end of 2019 in what is a competitive division domestically.
The likes of Callum Johnson, Anthony Yarde and Josh Buatsi will have moved on by then. This means the likes of Parker, Willy Hutchinson and Welsh rival Nathan Thorley could make for exciting match-ups in the future.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay