Elm Park boxer ready for UKBU title defence

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 March 2015

Chris Davies Elm Park boxer

Chris Davies Elm Park boxer


Chris Davies goes into the ring at York Hall tonight (Friday) to defend his light-heavyweight crown

Chris Davies Elm Park boxer poster Chris Davies Elm Park boxer poster

Elm Park-based boxer Chris Davies says he is in the best shape of his life as he prepares to defend his UK Boxing Union (UKBU) light-heavyweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green tonight (Friday).

It will be the 25-year-old’s second defence of his title following a unanimous points win back in December and he is bursting with confidence.

“Preparation has been going really well with long runs, sprints and plenty of strength and conditioning. I don’t think I have ever been in better shape,” said the boxer, who trains two nights a week at dad Reg’s new gym in Elm Park as part of his build-up.

Davies will defend against Martin Durrant tonight, but he confessed that his ultimate plan is to move into the pro ranks.

Chris Davies with father Reg Chris Davies with father Reg

The UKBU is a governing body between the amateurs and the pros, with fights held over four two-minute rounds.

“Hopefully I can win this fight,” he added. “I don’t know too much about my opponent, but I’m feeling confident.

“I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but I have had 25 fights and won 24 of them.

“I am looking to move into the professional ranks. I certainly think I can hold my own.

“I would be looking to become the Southern Area champion as soon as possible and hopefully move up from there in the future.” Davies is part of a multi-fight UKBU bill at York Hall entitled ‘The Battle of the Gladiators’, with a number of other title match-ups on the night.

Davies has been putting the final touches to his preparations at the new Ringside Gym in Elm Park and he says that it is an excellent place for his training.

“The gym has been open for about six weeks now and things are going really well,” said Chris.

“My dad Reg was a boxer in his day, but he is more of a trainer and he has some excellent facilities down at the gym.

“There are plenty of fighting bags and a ring there, so everything you need really.

“We have had some kids down there doing a bit of sparring with as many as 10 at one time, but Dad is always ready to take on a few more.”

You can find the gym in Broadway Parade, Elm Park and everyone is welcome to come along.

For Chris Davies, though, there are more pressing matters in the shape of Durrant and his defence of the UKBU light-heavyweight title.

If he can come through that, then who knows what is in store for the Essex boy.

Doors open for tonight’s show at 6pm, with the first fight at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £30 with ringside reserved seats at £50.

See next week’s Recorder for his verdict on the fight.


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