利亞姆-戴維斯:特爾福德拳擊手希望在什羅普郡迎來歐洲超次中量級的榮耀之夜

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利亞姆-戴維斯:特爾福德拳擊手希望在什羅普郡迎來歐洲超次中量級的榮耀之夜

自從一位特爾福德拳擊手在星期六晚上在他的家鄉為贏得歐洲冠軍而戰鬥以來,現在已經過去了27年半。

利亞姆-戴維斯在超次中量級上可能要輕上幾磅,但26歲的他有着同樣的夢想。

戴維斯告訴英國廣播公司什羅普郡廣播電台:"一次生命,一次機會,"。

"希望能贏得歐洲冠軍,然後接管世界。

"我不是在耍花招。我正在接受這些大的挑戰。"

戴維斯得到了本周六晚與羅馬尼亞人Ionut Baluta比賽的機會,這要歸功於他在6月以12個回合的點數戰勝了Marc Leach的英國超次中量級冠軍。

英國冠軍頭銜是前英聯邦運動會金牌得主伍德霍爾在20世紀90年代時不知何故沒有得到的,當時他通過英聯邦和歐洲冠軍頭銜的途徑獲得了世界榮譽,錯過了爭奪朗斯戴爾腰帶的機會。

但現在是BBC和BT體育的拳擊評論員的伍德霍爾將在特爾福德國際中心的擂台上,看看戴維斯能否成為自1995年2月在特爾福德冰場殘酷地在第九輪擊倒意大利的西爾維奧-布蘭科後,第一位贏得歐洲冠軍的什羅普郡拳擊手,他在1998年成為WBC世界超中量級冠軍。

"我將在本周末為英國電信體育頻道的戴維斯比賽工作,"伍德霍爾告訴BBC體育。"而利亞姆有很大的機會獲勝。"

戴維斯,像他傑出的什羅普郡前輩一樣,來自一個真正的拳擊家庭。

他的父親特里斯坦-戴維斯也參加過職業比賽,擁有米德蘭地區輕量級冠軍頭銜。而他已故的祖父布萊恩-戴維斯在特爾福德經營着唐寧頓業餘拳擊俱樂部,父親特里斯坦仍然在那裡訓練他的兒子。

"機會在我的家鄉再次到來,"戴維斯說。"而且我們已經賣了很多票。但我不認為那是壓力。我只是隨遇而安,看看車輪會把我帶到哪裡。

"有很多人認為我做不到。但他們上次也是這麼想的。這只會激勵我,讓我更想去做,以證明人們是錯的。

"我在健身房裡投入了額外的時間。痛苦是暫時的,但榮耀是永遠的。

"我想在美國打比賽。如果我贏得這場比賽,我就能進入前10名,其中8名是美國人--有兩個世界冠軍。我很想和他們中的一個人打一場。"

我迄今為止最好的對手

戴維斯為空缺的頭銜而戰,對手是來自西班牙和英國的巴魯塔,他在18場比賽中只輸了3場,其中最近的5場比賽中有4場是在英國進行的。

雖然他有明顯的雄心壯志,想更上一層樓,為自己和家人創造一個更好的經濟前景[他明年3月結婚],但戴維斯正在一場一場地打下去。

他不怕弄髒自己的手,以幫助支付賬單--並把食物放在桌上。戴維斯曾在附近的唐寧頓(Donnington)的國防部基地做過垃圾工。他具有職業人的平和心態,在他的12場比賽中每場都取得了勝利--並且尊重每個對手。

"巴魯塔將是我迄今為止最好的對手,"他說。"他在世界排名前10位,並擊敗了前世界冠軍TJ Doheny。

"他一直在那裡與優秀的戰士打交道,他自己也一直在努力。他也會充滿信心,但這些是我需要的戰鬥,以推動我的發展。

"我本可以為我的英國冠軍頭銜選擇一個簡單的防禦,但我在這裡是為了加強。我是那種需要咬牙切齒的拳手。我希望當我擊敗他時,我希望人們記住並尊重他是一個多麼好的戰士。"


It is now 27 and a half years since a Telford boxer fought in his home town on a Saturday night bidding to win a European title.

Liam Davies might be a fair few pounds down at super-bantamweight but, at 26, he shares the same dream.

"One life, one shot, one opportunity," Davies told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"Hopefully win the European title and then take over the world.

"I'm not pussyfooting about. I'm taking these big challenges."

Davies got his chance of this Saturday night's fight with Romanian Ionut Baluta thanks to winning the British super-bantamweight title against Marc Leach on points over 12 rounds in June.

A British title is the one that somehow eluded former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Woodhall back in the 1990s, when he reached world glory via the route of Commonwealth and European titles, missing out on the chance to ever fight for a Lonsdale Belt.

But Woodhall, now a boxing pundit with both the BBC and BT Sport, will be ringside at the Telford International Centre to see if Davies can become the first Shropshire boxer to win a European title since his brutal ninth-round knockout of Italy's Silvio Branco at the Telford Ice Rink in February 1995, on the way to becoming WBC world super-middleweight champion in 1998.

"I'll be working on the Davies fight for BT Sport this weekend," Woodhall told BBC Sport. "And Liam has a great chance of winning."

Davies, like his illustrious Shropshire predecessor, comes from a real boxing family.

His father, Tristan Davies, also fought professionally, holding the Midlands Area light-welterweight title. And his late grandfather, Brian Davies, ran the Donnington Amateur Boxing Club in Telford, where father Tristan still trains his son.

"The chance has come in my hometown again," said Davies. "And we've sold a lot of tickets. But I don't look at that as pressure. I just ride with it and see where the wheels take me.

"There's plenty [who] don't think I can do it. But they thought the same last time. That just motivates me and makes me want to do it even more, to prove people wrong.

"And I'm putting in the extra time in the gym. Pain is temporary but glory is forever.

"I want to fight in America. If I win this, I get into the top 10, eight of which are American - and there's two world champions. I'd love a crack at one of them."

'My best opponent to date'

Davies goes for the vacant title against dual Spain and UK-based Baluta, who has lost only three of his 18 fights, of which four of the last five have been in England.

And, although he has obvious ambitions to go higher and build a better financial future for himself and his family [he gets married next March], Davies is taking it one fight at a time.

He is not afraid of getting his hands dirty to help pay the bills - and put food on the table. Davies has worked as a bin man and on the Ministry of Defence base at nearby Donnington. And he has the level-headed approach of a professional who has won every one of his 12 fights - and treats each opponent with respect.

"Baluta will my best opponent to date," he said. "He's ranked in the top 10 in the world and beat a former world champion in TJ Doheny.

"He's been in there with good fighters and he's been on a roll himself. He'll be full of confidence too, but these are the fights I need to push me on.

"I could have picked an easy defence for my British title but I'm here to step up. I'm the type of fighter that needs the bit between his teeth. And I hope when I beat him I hope people remember and respect how good a fighter he is."

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