DAVIES JR HEADLINES ITV’S RETURN TO BOXING – OUR NEW INTERVIEW WITH HIM!

Photo Credit – (@robbiedaviesjr)

In the last two years we have seen the British boxing scene booming back onto our screens and on Saturday night we see the UK’s biggest broadcasting platform return into the sport of boxing, with undefeated banger Robbie Davies Jr 14-0 taking on Zoltan Szabo 13-3.

Sky Sports have been a long-term provider of the fight game to our screens as they’ve teamed up with Matchroom sports most recently and blown the scene out the water with their recent domination of the pay per view platform.

However now we will receive free to air boxing on our screens once again, and on the biggest possible platform there is. ITV 4, 8pm Live UK time, be sure not to miss it!

We caught up with Robbie previously when he was scheduled in to face Scottish fighter Willie Limond, however Limond pulled out with unconfirmed issues. This is our interview with Robbie that we conducted yesterday, the day before he lights up the Preston Guild Hall.

Photo Credit – (@robbiedaviesjr)

It must be a kick in the teeth having your fight changed at short notice as I’m sure you and your trainer would have created a game plan that was tailored to the style of Limond’s offence, how did you feel when you found Limond withdrew from the fight?

At first I was gutted, and my team was the same. But then as a team we new we had to stay professional and knew within days we had another creditable opponent, all though he isn’t the name of Limond. A good fighter and one I need to be on my game for.

Despite only being a week away and Szabo being bought in on short notice, for a 22-year-old ‘The Sticky Man’ has a credible record and is not to be overlooked. What are you expecting Szabo to bring to the table when you face off in the ring?

Szabo is going to move I think early on and try to pic few odd shots and try slow my aggression down. But can he? We’ll see.

Your fight will be live on ITV4 this Saturday, January 21st and it’s their return to boxing after almost two decades. It tee’s up a nice year ahead for the broadcaster but do you feel like there is pressure riding on your shoulders to deliver the opening to something special?

It’s a bit more pressure the usual because there are cameras and the lights will be a bit brighter on the big stage. But I’ve done this a 100 times, and every time I get in the ring I give it my best, hopefully that is enough.

Photo Credit – (@robbiedaviesjr)

You are looking in exceptional shape and your work in training looks great.  Has the exposure you are going to gain being on terrestrial television helped with your motivation or have you tried to keep your thoughts away from that?

My condition has always been good, but thanks to John Clarke, my new nutritionist, my last few fights have really taken me on to the next level.. and with the cameras on me I don’t mind at all!

If you come through successfully on Saturday, where are your plans heading for the future. Are you likely to be heading down the European route or the British Route or do you have your next bout in mind?

I always say I take one fight at a time so possibly ask me again in 2 weeks time because no doubt my manager Neil Marsh is two steps ahead as always haha.

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Recently Derry Mathews has moved up to fight Ohara Davies in your weight division, we also have Josh Taylor, Tyrone Nurse, Tommy Coyle & Ricky Burns. There is some cracking fights potentially on the horizon for you in the future, who would you like to see fight each other?

Yeah the super-lightweight division is booming, all the top boys though don’t seem to be fighting each other.. I am really hoping to get them sort of fights.. fortune favour’s the brave as they say.

The card on Saturday is shaping out quite nicely with Jack Arnfield v Mick Hall as chief support. We also see Nick Webb on the card, you can’t complain at all for free TV, Do you think you will be likely to keep fighting on the ITV platform in the future?

Well after this show and the Eubank show, if all go’s well and ITV push on to bigger and better.. then I’d be privileged to be a part of it with Poxton sports.

This Saturday we saw a cracking unification bout over in America when Badou Jack faced James DeGale and the fight ended in a draw. Did you agree with the decision, and what were your thoughts?

I am a massive boxing fan in general, I watch all boxing on every station, and I honestly thought that was a fair result, I had chunky 1 maybe 2 up going in to the last, then after being put down in the last.. I was thinking he might edge it, but then I heard draw, and thought yeah fair result.

Photo Credit – (@robbiedaviesjr)

Your father was once a Commonwealth games bronze medallist and also represented Great Britain in the Olympics, you both have different careers’ as his was a strong amateur career, and yours is a professional career, how is your fathers experience and knowledge helping guide your path into success?

My Dad’s old school, work hard, train hard, fight hard.. but there is more science involved in my game and preparation. But he’s giving me his full support and he knows I have a great team round me.

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At yesterdays weigh in Szabo came onto the scales weighing 10st, with Davies Jr weighing 9st 13lbs.

Once again, The Fight Diary thanks Robbie for his time and we wish him well for his fight this Saturday. It will be live on ITV4 8pm UK time!

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