Davies defends UKBU title and eyes the pro ranks

PUBLISHED: 19:07 13 March 2015 | UPDATED: 19:07 13 March 2015

Chris Davies celebrates after defending his UKBU light-heavweight title at York Hall (pic: Angela Davies)

Chris Davies celebrates after defending his UKBU light-heavweight title at York Hall (pic: Angela Davies)


Elm Park’s Chris Davies has put in his application to become a professional boxer

Elm Park-based Chris Davies retained his UK Boxing Union light-heavyweight title with a controlled performance against Martin Durrant at York Hall on Friday, writes Dave Evans.

Davies claimed a unanimous points decision over the four two-minute rounds to complete his second defence of the title and he admitted that things went exactly to plan.

“It went really smoothly,” said the 25-year-old. “I knew exactly what he was going to do, so I let him come at me and then picked him off.

“He was always going to be aggressive, so it was just a case of working to counter that with some controlled boxing.”

The judges were certainly impressed though there was some controversy at the end as a late corner change for the two fighters confused the referee who announced Durrant as the winner.

Fortuntely that problem was rapidly sorted out and Davies, who trains twice a week at father Reg’s gym down in Elm Park, was declared the winner.

Davies had over 100 supporters at the Bethnal Green venue to cheer him on and he hopes his latest victory will enable him to pogress to the professional ranks soon.

“The paperwork is going in this week for my pro licence so hopefully that won’t take any more than a couple of months,” he said.

“In the meantime I will see if another fight comes up, be it another defence of the title or something else.”

Whatever happens, it seems that Davies certainly had a future in the game.

You can follow Chris on twitter @spartandavies.

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