Blackpool boxer RP Davies spoke of his huge relief after winning his comeback bout against Kieron Gray at The Village in the resort.

It was Davies’ first bout since a shattering loss to William Warburton, which made him question whether he should go on.

The 28-year-old, who won ever round against Telford boxer Gray, said, “It is a massive weight off my shoulders. It crossed my mind to give up boxing after I lost to Warburton and maybe had it not been for my dad (Mark) I would have packed in.”

“I think I have learned from the mistakes I made against Warburton. I didn’t want an easy opponent and Gray is one tough guy, who has fought Anthony Ogogo and Prince Arron.”

Davies came into the fight at a heaviest-ever 11st 8lb, but believes he will compete at light-middleweight in future.

“I am in the sport to prove to myself that I can achieve something. I genuinely believe I will be able to win some kind of title.”

As a result of this fight, Davies has moved into the top 30 rankings in the country.

Source: Steve Simpson, Blackpool Gazette (14th September 2015)