Blackpool middleweight RP Davies steps up to eight rounds for the first time in his professional career when he takes on Casey Blair at the Village Urban Resort in his home town this month.

The February 20 promotion also features unbeaten Blackpool super-welterweight Alex McCloy and Trevor ‘Wrecking’ Crewe, from Sunderland.

Davies’ Irish opponent Blair has won three and lost five of his eight bouts, while the Blackpool man has won six and lost one to date.

Davies said, “The step up to 8 rounds does not concern me and is something that I am relishing and I regularly exceed 8 rounds in sparring anyway.”

“But I know that this is another tough, tricky test and another step up for me.”

“Making a step up with every bout ensures I am constantly progressing and growing as a fighter. I am 28 but still relatively inexperienced.”

“I am eager to learn and improve and I think I am doing so, thanks in part to my baptism of fire in the professional ranks and my desire and drive to get better.”

“A win in this fight will put me on track for an area title shot later in the year. I am in professional boxing to win things.”

Davies, who is trained by his father Mark and Sean Thickett, has added Steve Easter to his back-up team.

“Steve is a big help and has always been involved, but we just wanted to officially bring him on board.”

“I cannot wait to get back in the ring on February 20th, after a short break since my last fight in December to recharge my batteries after a busy 2015. I feel fit and ready and am raring to put on a show come fight night.”

Ringside seats (with meal) are £70 and their are a limited number of standing tickets priced at £30. Tickets can be purchased by calling 07780962863, emailing or directly from Davies Boxing Gym, Brinwell Road, Blackpool.

Source: Steve Simpson, Blackpool Gazette (2nd February 2016)