Blackpool middleweight RP (Ryan) Davies says it is time he emerged form ‘under the radar’ and with that in mind he intends to make a positive statement of intent in his next fight at Preston Guild Hall on June 17.

It will be Davies’ first bout since switching to new manager Neil marsh, who is promoting the Preston show.

Davies said: “I will be keen to impress.”

“My opponent has yet to be announced, but we have discussed this and it is likely to be a solid, eight-round test and another step up in class.”

“I have spoken with Neil at length about plans for my future and we know exactly where we are heading and what we are aiming for.”

“I am confident he is the right man who can help me achieve this and I hope to repay his faith.”

Davies, whose partner is expecting a baby, said he was happy with his preparation.

He has enlisted the help of Dr George Wilson, an exercise physiologist at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

Davies added: “He has provided me with a whole host of training and dietary advice after a day of testing.”

“I have also enjoyed some good rounds sparring with the likes of Mick Hall; moving to Neil has almost brought me into a camp of fighters, with a number of local fighters under his banner.”

“I have now got to stay completely switched on now for the fight, remain completely profession al and keep getting the wins.”

“The big fights will then come and with that hopefully, the titles I am after.”

Davies said Matty Askin’s victory over Craig Kennedy to win the British Cruiserweight title had been a source of inspiration to him.

He said: “This is really just the start of the journey. I have flown under the radar o a certain extent but feel, after my last fight especially, I am starting to get noticed a little.”

Davies has had 12 professional fights so far, his record being 11 wins and one defeat at the hands of William Warburton.

Davies recently secured a sponsorship deal with sportswear firm SKINS.

The Preston promotion will also feature Preston middleweight Hall in his first fight since losing tat the Preston venue to Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield.

Unbeaten Kirkham heavyweight Bill Hodgson will also be in action.

Tickets for the Preston show are available and are priced at £35 for unreserved seating and £65 for ringside tables. They can be purchased from Davies Boxing Gym, by calling 0780962863, or by emailing

Source: Steve Simpson, Blackpool Gazette (1st June 2017)