ENGLISH CHAMPION LIAM DAVIES SIGNS WITH QUEENSBERRY
Frank Warren and Queensberry have signed the English bantamweight champion Liam Davies on a promotional agreement and the 8-0 man will quickly get to work in his home town of Telford at the International Arena on Saturday.
A veteran of 100 amateur fights, the 25-year-old’s big breakthrough as a pro came in November of last year when he won the English title at Wembley Arena, forcing Sean Cairns into retirement after six rounds.
The European bronze medallist and two-time senior ABA finalist closed his amateur career with 79 wins before turning professional in December 2018.
“I feel like my career is finally going to take off now,” said Davies on his link-up with Queensberry. “It is a blessing and a real privilege. I will make sure that I grab the opportunities with both hands when they come my way.
“I am in a good position with winning the English title in my last fight and I am definitely looking to build on it now and keep pushing forward. With Frank behind me I will be able to do that.
“I had only two weeks’ notice for my English fight and most lads probably wouldn’t have taken it, but it was a case of risk against reward and I’ve got my reward in signing with Frank. If I hadn’t won the title I don’t think I would have been in the position I am in.”
Now, for the first time as a professional, Davies can look forward to fighting in front of his friends and neighbours on his local patch.
“That makes it even better and it is a homecoming for me! I haven’t fought in Telford for a very long time and I will make sure I entertain on my debut for Frank. There will be a thousand fans so I couldn’t get as many tickets as I wanted, but I am just happy to be on the show.
“I fought in Telford as an amateur many years ago and this is a big thing here which a lot of people are buzzing for it. I’ve got to put on a show and make sure boxing comes back here again, maybe with me headlining next time.
“Richie Woodhall won his world title in Telford and this has been a long time coming and I am hoping to be the next man to bring the big shows here.
“I want a shot at the British sometime this year or early next. I’m sure lots of fights can happen because of the bantamweights with Frank and that is why I have come onboard really, so we can get the fights that build you up.
“Andrew Cain beat me three times at the age of 13-14 but it is a different game now and for him to say he smashed me is way off. I am not going to shy away from anyone. I don’t want to pick and choose and I have never understood that malarkey. I just turn up and box.
“I want to thank Frank for getting me on and it has come around quickly, which doesn’t happen much.”
Liam Davies is on a bill that is headlined by Daniel Dubois (15-1, 14 KOs) who challenges Bogdan Dinu (20-2, 16 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim Heavyweight title.
Tommy Fury (5-0, 4 KO’s) returns against Scotland’s undefeated Jordan Grant (2-0).
Belfast’s Middleweight Caoimhin Agyarko (8-0, 5 KOs) is back and will be aiming for his fifth successive inside the distance win when he boxes Mexican Ernesto Olvera (11-6-1, 3 KOs)
Stoke-on-Trent’s hugely popular Middleweight Nathan Heaney (11-0, 3 KOs) has his second fight under the Queensberry banner when he meets Bulgarian Iliyan Markov (6-14-2, 3 KOs).
Featherweight Adan Mohamed (1-0) boxes a four rounder against Luke Fash (2-59-2).
Also on the show is 18-year-old decorated amateur George Bance who makes his professional debut after signing with Queensberry.