Blackpool boxer RP Davies  has a massive incentive when he takes to the ring in his hometown on Saturday night to face Irish boxer Casey Blair.

Providing he comes through this weekend’s bout at the Village Urban Resort unscathed, Davies is in line for his first title fight.

The 28-year-old has been lined up to box Dave Fidler of Sheffield for the Central Area super-welterweight title at the Magna Centre in Rotherham on April 2.

Davies said: “I have had some great sparring rounds with Sam Matkin, Reece Cartwright, Jack Arnfield and Mark Jeffers.”

“The run-up to the fight this week has been all about refinement, speed work and sharpening.”

“I have to establish myself with a solid performance on Saturday, which should lead me on nicely to my next fight.”

“Obviously, what I do know is that this is a very big and important fight for me. The lad is coming over from Ireland looking to win. He has a bit of a different record compared to many of my previous opponents, with a similar number of fights to myself and a better win-to-loss ratio than others I have fought.”

“He will still have ambitions of winning things.”

Davies has won six of his seven fights, compared to Blair’s three out of eight.

The Blackpool boxer added: “I know this will be my toughest test to date and I feel ready.”

“I have known prior to the fight being confirmed, that providing I come through it unscathed I have a Central Area title Fight on April 2.”

“I have tried to keep this quite to an extent and focus on the immediate task in hand, taking things one fight at a time.”

“But as the British Boxing Board of Control confirmed and announced this title fight late last week, I have had to acknowledge that it is in the pipeline.”

Source: Steve Simpson, Blackpool Gazette (18th February 2016)