Davies Crowned British Champ
Telford’s Liam Davies was crowned British super-bantamweight British Champ after defeating champion Marc Leach on points at the Telford International Centre (11.6.22). Leach (28) from Salford came into the fight with a record of 18 wins 1 draw and 1 defeat with 4 of his wins coming by way of knockout. He had taken the vacant title in March, where he outscored Chris Bourke, and the Salford man had also taken care of Qais Ashfaq. Davies (26) was unbeaten in 11 bouts of boxing and had already claimed the super Bantamweight English title and the WBC International silver super-bantamweight title and was having his first contest over 12 rounds. Leach and Davies both weighed in 8 stone 9 and reffing the fight was Howard Foster.
Davies was cut in the opening round on the bridge of his nose by Leach, but scored an early flash knockdown to gain a foothold in the contest. Davies outboxed Leach beating him to the punch in the early rounds, but Leach clawed his way back into the contest with some pressure fighting as the fight went into the championship rounds. A lot of the rounds were close and tough to score with both fighters having good moments in a very impressive contest for this prestigious title. The fight went the distance and went to the score cards.
The judges scored it unanimously 118-11, 116-113, and 115-113 to Davies sending the home fans into raptures as Davies was crowned British super-bantamweight champ.
Davies took to Social media and wrote this statement, he wrote.
‘Would like to start off by saying thank you to everyone for the unbelievable support & love that I have been shown.
Everyone who turned up last night I will be grateful for your support & remember this night for the rest of my life..
Big up my dad Tristan Davies for all the hard work he has put in with me since a young lad. Baverstock Simon for all his time & effort he gives me & Andy Mac… my team at BCB Promotions for being with me since turning professional & of course Frank Warren for giving me a British title fight in the town I love most TELFORD!!!
I gotta thank & will always be grateful for my sponsors who have helped me so much to become fully dedicated to my craft with no distractions & helped me turn my dream into reality.
Samm Doody played a massive part in so many ways & I just wanna tell her I love her!!
Thank you everyone once again I’m truly am so grateful & can’t wait to see what the future hold’.
There was never a doubt in my mind about Liam Davies becoming a British champion, I have championed him from his very first fight as one to watch out for. The amazing thing for me is how quickly he has achieved it in only 12 fights. He made his debut in December of 2018 at the Holiday Inn Birmingham beating Khvicha Gigolashvili on points in the Featherweight division. Davies had to wait until November 2020 to contest his first title beating Sean Cairns in the 6th round of a 10-round contest for the English Bantamweight title. Davies then claimed the WBC International silver super-bantamweight title in October of 2021 beating Dixon Flores in a convincing points victory. He has done a lot in just 12 fights and I can really see him going on to win European and even world honors. There are some great fights out there for Davies at domestic and world level but two fights I can see being crackers are Davies v Gamal Yafai or Brad Foster either could be main events in a Telford or Birmingham event.
Winning the British title also puts the 26-year-old in the Bbcolumn ‘Hall of Fame’ which we are privileged to have him in. Congratulations to Liam Davies and we look forward to seeing him win more titles in the future.