Unbeaten 168lbs prospect, Chris Davies, is hoping to make it four wins from four in 2017, as he prepares for his 2nd December clash with Robert Studzinski.
Speaking exclusively to FightTalk.net, ‘The Spartan’ reflects on a busy second year as a professional boxer, as he prepares to grace the hallowed ground of York Hall for the sixth time in his fledgling career.
‘’Training is going well, I’m pushing every boundary and pushing myself to the limit every session to make sure I’m in the best physical and mental shape that I can be in.’’
A talented footballer throughout adolescent years, Davies found his name on the books of Leyton Orient, Staines Town and Hampton & Richmond. Despite the unmistakable footballing talent, Davies’ path was set on a collision course with boxing, as he mused over the moment he made the switch from the pitch to the pads.
‘’Sport has always been my passion. I played a high level of football until I was 21-years-old, then I spent several months in Thailand, training in MMA fighting. I then switched to boxing. I loved the discipline, training, and skill of the sport. My dad set me up with some fights and since then I have never looked back.’’
As we reflected on the road which lead the Richmond man to the squared circle, it became clear that it was always a matter of ‘when? not if’. His father, Reg Davies, was an accomplished trainer in the game, coaching a host of names to success, including former WBC and IBF Welterweight world champion, Lloyd Honeyghan.
‘’My dad encouraged me to box from a young age. He’s been a professional trainer and in the sport for as long as I can remember. I enjoyed visiting different venues and watching different fighters with him, but I didn’t seriously get into boxing until I was 21 as previously I was playing high level football.’’
The writing was on the wall. The MMA, Muay Thai and boxing training received in Thailand confirmed this, as Davies immersed himself in the fighting styles from the other side of the world. Boxing is a land of opportunity, and smiles fondly on those who take them. A late bloomer in the sport himself, the 28 year-old jumped at the opportunity to once again travel the world to hone his skills, as he recounted the highlights of 2017.
‘’The opportunity to train in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with some of the best trainers in the world has been a real experience. And to have completed three fights undefeated has been a real high and an achievement I intend to keep, come December 2nd.’’
Rubbing shoulders with the boxing royalty that fills the Wildcard and Mayweather gyms of the East Coast of America is the stuff of dreams for any up and coming fighter. A wealth of experience to take in, a host of talent to revere and admire. Now 6-0 as a professional, Davies rarely stops to look back, as he began to give his insight into the 168lbs domestic pool.
‘’Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions are both booming. Domestically there are so many good up-and-coming fighters. I look forward to being in the ring with some of them in the future.’’
‘’I would really like to challenge for a title in 2018. It would be great to fight for a belt of some kind before the summer. I can only beat who is in front of me. I trust my team to manage the work outside the ring. I do the business inside of it.’’
With the highs come the lows. A popular current affair topic in boxing of late is the ‘cancellation’ of the much anticipated Haye vs Bellew rematch. Disappointment and dissatisfaction from fans have echoed around social media in the past week, with many Christmas do’s and night’s out put into jeopardy due to the torn bicep of David Haye. Speaking to Davies, I was reminded that it is not only the fans that feel the anguish of a bout falling through.
‘’The only low points I have experience is the cancellation of fights, having put so much into being prepared physically and mentally. Other than that, has been all highs.’’
Short. Succinct. To the point. We, as the fans, often forget that boxing provides a livelihood for many men. No-one feels more pain than the man who has food taken off his plate. Four bouts in 2017 is enough to satisfy the hunger of the young prospect, as title bouts beckon in the next 12 months.
Cello Renda snatched the Southern Area title back in September, in an unforgettable encounter with the now retired, Leon McKenzie. Both men are no stranger to Steve Goodwin shows… Perhaps one for 2018?
‘’Don’t know too much about him really, mate. I’m not to bothered about names. Like I said my team deal with all that… I’m just there to fight.’’
The World Boxing Super Series has been one of the biggest talking points of 2017, and has successfully reinstated the Super Middleweight division as one of the true glamour divisions of pugilism. The effects of the two 8-man tournament’s, have been felt across the globe and touched every corner of the sport. The stakes have never been higher.
‘’It’s a tough one. I think Groves beats Eubank but I don’t think you can right off Callum Smith. I’m betting on a Groves v Smith final! I’m still undecided on who wins, I think Smith can cause a shock although Groves should be too much for him.’’
Chris Davies joins a host of fighters who will be closing up shop for the year over the next few weeks. Another win on Friday will cement a solid calendar year and another step in the right direction as a . Onward’s and upwards, as ‘The Spartan’ warrior continues his quest in the gladiatorial sport of boxing.
Follow Chris’ journey on Instagram: Christhespartandavies
Written by Tom Humber