News May 2019

Robbie Davies Jnr - "If you chase glory, money will come with it"


By @John_Evans79

It’s fair to say that things are going well for Robbie Davies Jnr.

Since turning professional under the watchful eye of Dave Coldwell last June, the 24 year old light welterweight has impressed onlookers whilst recording four straight victories. This weekend, Davies, 4-0 (2 KO’s), gets the opportunity to showcase his skills in front of the nation as he makes his first appearance on a Matchroom card at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Davies won the respect of many during an amateur career that hinted at greatness but never quite delivered. Nonetheless, it was that respect which ensured his decision to sign a professional contract generated plenty of excitement within the Merseyside boxing community and made sure he entered the sport with plenty of momentum. Two quick stoppages have done nothing to calm the expectation surrounding the laid back Liverpudlain.

“You think?” Davies told Livefight when asked about the excitement he is beginning to generate. “Well, that’s what I’m hoping. I don’t wanna start throwing bouquets at myself just yet though. I’m gonna keep my feet on the ground for now until I get somewhere.

“I think it’s just because they gave me a lad [Josh Thorne] around my own level for one of my first fights because he was just early in his career as well. I just boomed him out. The next guy [Kevin Macauley] was a light middleweight and the next was ranked in the top ten in France [the then 10-5 Renald Garrido]. They gave me big tests early in my career. It’s better than going in fighting loads of journeymen and just knocking them out because you’re learning nothing really.”

Davies takes on heavy handed journeyman – now there’s a phrase you don’t hear very often – Mark McKray this weekend over eight rounds. Rumours of a fight for the Central Area title have been circulating but, in their infinite wisdom, rather than keeping one of their belts in circulation and allowing a talented fighter to gain experience, the Central Area council have decided to make Davies wait.

“I’ll have to stay out of the way!” Davies laughed when asked about McKray’s occasionally heavy hands. “They gave us a few names that we could fight and me and my coach had a look and said yes to all of them. The one that came back saying ‘yeah’ was him. I’ve seen him in a few fights. He’s slow and plods but is compact and looks for that big shot. I do that myself sometimes though so it could work for my measures.

“They offered me a ten rounder and I said yes straight away but they wouldn’t allow it because of a lack of experience as a professional. I haven’t done enough rounds and things like that.”

Davies is getting used to the frustrations of life a professional fighter and is hoping that this weekend he gets to put in to practice the tactics he has been working on in the gym.

“It has its ups and downs. Every fight I’ve had, I’ve had a last minute change of opponent. That’s been the only downfall. I’ve never fought anyone I was supposed to be doing in the last week. It’s had to change before all four fights. You look at someone and prepare for the fight, you know what you’re going to throw and what shots he’s gonna come back with and the next week the fight changes again.

“I switch hit anyway so southpaw or orthodox doesn’t bother me. It’s the style of fighter. One minute you’re fighting a boxer, the next an aggressive puncher. I’m fit and ready though so I’m not really that bothered.”

One of the main reasons behind Davies’ decision to go professional under Coldwell was the promise that he would see plenty of action. In an interview with the Liverpool Echo [follow @Philkecho on twitter for all your Merseyside boxing news, by the way], Davies said he wanted activity rather than a big signing on fee and lengthy spells on the sidelines. Again, so far, so good.

“That’s more or less what’s been happening. If you chase money you’ll end up on the back end of things but if you chase glory, money will come with it. I think we’re hoping to big me up as much as we can on the Matchroom bills and hopefully then I’ll be able to top Dave Coldwell’s bills because people will know who I am. As I said, for now I’m just gonna keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully I’ll keep progressing.”

“They gave me 200 tickets [for Saturday’s card] and they went within two weeks. I wanted more! My tickets went easily. On Dave’s bills at the Olympia I was doing 150 but on these really big bills they sell themselves. I was never on a ticket deal though so I’m just selling to get myself a crowd in.”

Tony Bellew’s clash with Valery Brudov tops a great night of action in Liverpool, as popular Super Middleweight Rocky Fielding defends his Commonwealth title against former champion Charles Adamu.

Unbeaten Welterweight star Kell Brook faces Alvaro Robles in a ten-round clash, London Lightweight Kevin Mitchell will also be in action on Merseyside as he builds towards a big fight in the summer, exciting youngster Robbie Davies Jnr faces his fifth pro.

Tickets are on sale priced £30, £40, £60 and ringside seats at £100 available from the Echo Arena on 0844 8000 400 and at

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