Red-hot super-featherweight prospect Zack Davies wants to Welsh boxing’s next big star.
The unbeaten man from Gorslas is gunning for his sixth professional victory when he fights over six rounds at Bethnal Green’s York Hall this Friday night.
24 year-old Davies enjoyed a glittering amateur career at Welsh, British and International level that saw him compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Since joining the professional ranks the Welsh wizard has racked up five straight wins; his latest coming in Russia at the VBT Arena on the undercard of Maccarinelli’s showdown with legend Roy Jones Jr.
“It was an amazing show to be involved in. Obviously it was very different to what I’m used to but it was all good experience. I’ve looked up to both men my whole life so fighting on their undercard was like a dream come true for me. I want to be fighting at that level one day so it gave me motivation to really push on. There must have been over ten thousand people packed into the arena and the atmosphere was brilliant,” said Davies.
Unsurprisingly, Maccarinelli ended the 47-year-old’s night with a brutal knockout. Proud Welshman Davies had front row seats to witness the former WBO World Cruiserweight champion dropped Jones with a big uppercut in the fourth round.
“Enzo is a man that I’ve always looked up to in the gym,” said the prodigy from West Wales. “He’s achieved great things in his career and I’d like to follow in his footsteps. Our fighting styles are very different but what he’s achieved in boxing is great for Wales. Lee Selby is another guy who I have a lot of respect for. I’ve sparred with him before and he’s a very good fighter; I’d love to be in his position in the future.”
The hard-hitting Welshman says he possesses the armoury to propel himself to the very top of the domestic super-featherweight scene and is relishing the opportunity to showcase his talent again.
He said: “I’d like to think of myself as an intelligent boxer. I use my boxer’s brain to outthink my opponents but I can also mix it up a bit and have a fight. I have a high work rate and like to keep as busy as possible. If you come to one of my fights you’re going to be entertained that’s for sure.”
Davies, a self-confessed trainer holic, is cutting no corners ahead of his York Hall clash. The Welshman is gearing up for another big year and with Gary Lockett in his corner he has all the tools and ability to make an impact in 2016.
He said: “All I’m focusing on is improving every day and getting in as many fights as I can. I had five fights in my first year as a pro so I’m aiming to fit in another five or six this year. Under Gary’s guidance I’m confident I can carry on winning and climbing the ranks,”
“I’m coming on good. My first two fights were four rounders and the last three have been six rounders. Alexander Saltykov was a tough journeyman with a few wins to his name and I stopped him in the fourth round which showed how far I’ve come.”