Trade wars in Telford as Leach defends British title against Davies


Two interesting home fights height a aggressive invoice in Telford, writes Matt Bozeat

THERE’S a just right night time of British identify motion in Telford on Saturday night time (June 11). BT Recreation take their cameras to the Global Centre for a display that includes a pair of fifty/50 fights which might be expected by way of the industry and the locals.

Liam Davies can have masses of fanatics cheering him when he bids to change into Telford’s first British champion. The 26-year-old bids to dethrone super-bantamweight champion Marc Leach (18-1-1).

Salford southpaw Leach used to be massively spectacular when successful the belt on the York Corridor in February with a unanimous verdict over Streatham left-hander Chris Bourke. Bourke (10-0) did smash his hand in an early around – the 3rd or fourth – however the Peacock gymnasium didn’t draw an excessive amount of consideration to that.

They didn’t wish to remove from Leach’s efficiency or even with two fingers, Bourke would have struggled. Bourke discovered Leach used to be fast to the punch, arduous to hit and fast to counter. He left Bourke’s eyes bruised, his nostril damaged.

That issues win made Leach the primary British champion from Salford since Jamie Moore. Moore and Nigel Travis educate Leach.

Davies is a part of Errol Johnson’s BCB solid. He's the son of Tristan Davies, whose 14-1 professional profession peaked with successful the Midlands House light-weight identify and used to be bothered by way of cuts.

The textbook Davies, who gained Ecu Faculties bronze in 2009, had a troublesome 10-rounder final day trip, 8 months in the past.

He shipped a couple of punches from spirited Nicaraguan Dixon Flores (17-7-3), a former contender at 115lbs, ahead of taking on final October. That used to be the primary time Davies has been previous six rounds, Leach has been 12 in two of his final 3, has additionally finished 10 rounds 3 times.

Davies used to be dominated out of a combat with Liverpool banger Andrew Cain in April by way of a shoulder harm and used to be then paired with Leach for the British identify.

The combat used to be set for Derby on Would possibly 20 ahead of the display at Pleasure Park soccer stadium used to be scrapped after Demetrius Andrade pulled out of the top-of-the-bill combat with native Zach Parker.

Davies believes he has an excessive amount of “starvation and need” for the champion and, at 5ft 9ins, he’s round 3 inches taller than Leach. Davies, additionally heavier passed and a just right finisher when he has his opponent harm, would possibly really feel he can smash down the champion, however as Qais Ashfaq (8-0) and Bourke have came upon, Leach is tricky to pin down. He has just right anticipation, reflexes and motion and his punches come from far and wide.

Davies is fairly more uncomplicated to find – he stands upright, is determined by his ft for his defence – and we will see Leach being too fast and slippery and maintaining his belt with a issues win.

One of the crucial very best home dust-ups noticed in a British ring in 2021 used to be the rematch between Birmingham’s all-action Ijaz Ahmed (10-2-1) and Quaise Khademi (8-1-1) final August.

That resulted in a cut up draw for the vacant British super-flyweight identify they usually meet for a 3rd time on Saturday night time.

Ahmed gained a 10-round majority determination of their first combat final February. The 3rd combat used to be pencilled in for final December, however Khademi used to be dominated out with a cruciate ligament harm.

Ahmed has stored busy with regimen wins over Alejandro Torres (2-6) – his first stoppage – and Luke Merrifield (0-7). Khademi, who overlooked out on boxing in April thru sickness, has made a transformation since they final fought, leaving trainer John Tandy for Richard Sawyer.

The East Ham-based Afghani says that with Sawyer in his nook he's going to stick with his hit-and-move recreation plan and field with much less emotion. Khademi says that in opposition to Ahmed final time: “There used to be numerous emotion. He gave me my first loss. I sought after to harm him.”

As is to be anticipated, each concept they did sufficient to win final August. Ahmed feels Khademi stole a couple of rounds off him. He advised Boxing Information: “In case you watch it you're going to see I gained rounds convincingly and when he gained rounds he didn’t paintings as arduous as me.

“I'd paintings my socks off all over the around after which he would get a burst of power, throw a flashy mixture and win the around.”

Ahmed says he plans 12 rounds very similar to the 5th of that rematch when he used to be in a position to near the space, make Khademi industry and had him having a look disorganised in short. Khademi seems again at the 7th as his blueprint, a around when he drew matador-style cheers from his supporters. Lots of the different rounds can have long past both method.

Ahmed did his very best paintings up shut, Khademi did higher when there used to be more room between them and each had their moments in each and every around.

Khademi did have his successes at the inside of – that’s why he selected to stick there – however is aware of that once they field fairly than brawl, it’s a lot more difficult for Ahmed. His rival had just right spells when he switched southpaw and in all probability he's going to field extra as a left hander this weekend.

Our bet is there will probably be extra preventing than boxing – and that Ahmed will win narrowly on issues after any other fight-of-the-year contender.