Hockley Hurricane Sean Davis set for title clash with the Tipton Slasher
The brand new season is yet to begin, but there are already mouthwatering title fights being made thick and fast.
To date, one of the stand-out fights is Hockley Hurricane Sean Davis’ 10-rounder with Lee Glover, dubbed the Tipton Slasher, for the vacant Midlands featherweight belt.
They are to headline at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on September 7.
It is a meeting of seasoned championship pros: In an 11-4 career, Glover, aged 32, has fought for the English title at feather and junior lightweight. He was stopped by Leigh Wood three-and-a-half years ago in a previous bid for the Midlands crown.
Davis, who is aged 29 and 14-4, has the more impressive CV of the two. He’s held English and WBC international belts at super-bantam, fought valiantly to lose on points in a 2017 British title challenge at the same weight, but was halted in June by British featherweight boss Reece Mould.
His meeting with Glover is a quality, 50-50 affair.
“It’s a good fight,” said Davis’ trainer Shaun Cogan, “and the two have sparred before. When I mentioned the fight to Sean, he snapped my hand off.”
Davis, whose record includes a stoppage loss to Gamal Yafai, took part in an extremely tough tune-up on Friday, August 2, at Liverpool Exhibition Centre.
He lost 79-73 on points over eight rounds to Leeds’ Qais Ashfaq, who has now won seven on the spin.
Defeat against Ashfaq, particularly in a contest taken at eight days’ notice, is no disgrace. The 26-year-old was an outstanding amateur, winning silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and bronze in the Europeans a year later.
I get the impression, money – prize rather than pride – was the motivation for such a high-risk assignment. Davis’ cause was further hindered by a broken nose, sustained in the second.
“The lad was a good kid,” said Cogan, “Sean just couldn’t get near him. We knew it was going to be hard, we had eight days’ notice and Sean had to lose a lot of weight.
Davis conceded he was beaten by the better man
“He made 9st 5lbs (the contest was made at 9st 4lbs) and they still moaned.”
As if by way of explanation, Cogan added: “Sean’s trying to get a deposit for a house, that’s his aim. I’ll do all I can to help him.”
Ever the sportsman, Davis conceded he was beaten by the better man.
He posted on facebook: “Just want to say thank you to everyone for your support for this fight. It was at very short notice, but that’s how this game is sometimes.
“I’ve only been back in the gym three weeks and only found out about this fight on Saturday last week, but couldn’t turn it down because I’m a fighter and that’s what we have to do.”
Danny Ball to gatecrash big fights and big paydays
* Black Country welter Danny Ball has been handed an “out-of-the-blue” opportunity to gatecrash big fights and big paydays. The 23-year-old, from Kingswinford, will face Ellesmere Port’s granite-tough Mason Cartwright for the vacant WBC international silver title.
The belt may be yet another confusing bauble in the jumbled jewellery box of needless championships, but victory over Cartwright, who has lost only one of 17, would propel Danny through the domestic ratings.
The pair meet in Cartwright’s backyard – Ellesmore Port Sports Village – on October 19.
For Ball, the date is reward for a sterling performance against Birmingham’s Midlands welterweight champ Kaisee Benjamin. That scrap, last March, ended in a draw, with Ball coming on strongly down the stretch.
I understood a rematch was in the pipeline. Ball, however, has decided a Cartwright clash offers greater reward – even if the risks are high.
He hasn’t fought since Benjamin and that result is the only time Danny hasn’t won in a nine-fight career. Interestingly, he holds a blast-out, stoppage victory over Stourbridge journeyman Kevin McCauley . Many – make that very many – have beaten Kevin, only a few have managed to prevent him hearing the final bell.
Ball has his feet firmly on the ground
Ball is a card-carrying member of that group.
To a degree, Cartwright is known to Midlands fans. He was scheduled to face Chelmsley Wood’s Ryan Kelly, but a medical mix-up on the Cheshire prospect’s part put paid to the mouthwatering clash. Ball, an upholsterer by day and dad to a six-month-old girl, was positively buzzing when Ringside caught up with him.
He said: “I haven’t seen a lot of him (Cartwright), but he looks a strong pressure fighter always in good condition.
“It will be a good fight. It’s something I wasn’t expecting, but when the chance came up I didn’t have to think twice before saying I’ll take it.
“The Kaisee Benjamin fight showed I can do 10 rounds at a good pace. I know they were looking at a rematch with Kaisee, but I thought this was bigger. If I win, it’s a real stepping stone.
“I set high targets and, hopefully, I can go all the way. I feel I’m growing, getting stronger and getting more mature.”
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Ball is a boxer with his feet firmly on the ground.
He added: “Being a full-time boxer may be round the corner, but even if I could, I don’t think I would straight away. I enjoy being an upholsterer too much.”
And there’s only one thing on this upholsterer’s mind – knocking the stuffing out of Mason Cartwright.
Robinson’s title clash with Radovan appears up in the air
* With the clock ticking, Birmingham middleweight Andrew Robinson’s September 14 title clash with Denis Radovan appears, worryingly, up in the air.
The bout – for the German’s IBF European crown – has yet to be formally announced on fight directory BoxRec. At present, only one thing can be written with certainty: if or when it does happen, it will happen in Germany.
I understand a venue is still proving problematic.
In a career littered with bad breaks, “D’Animal” Robinson is well used to frustration and disappointment. His bout with Poland’s Damian Jonak was cancelled twice – once, with Andrew poised to weigh in – before the Brummie battler exacted revenge last April in Katowice.
“I’m staying professional,” he said. “I’ve worked very hard for this and I’m weighing 11st 10lbs right now.
“I want the British title. If you look at the British rankings, really I’m third – behind Liam Williams (champion) and Mark Heffron. Yet I have to go abroad for fights.”
The 34-year-old added: “It’s very, very frustrating.”
Big Fight Diary
September 7, Villa Park, Birmingham : Shaun Cooper v Jack O’Keeffe, vacant Midlands lightweight title; Ryan Kelly v s/o
September 7, Banks’s Stadium, Walsall : Sean Davis v Lee Glover, vacant Midlands feather title
September 9, Florence: Sam Eggington v Orlando Fiordigiglio (champ), IBF international light-middleweight title.
September 14, Cologne: Andrew Robinson v Denis Radovan (champ), IBF European middleweight title
September 14, York Hall, Bethnal Green: Brad Foster (champ) v Lucien Reid, British super-bantamweight title; Shakan Pitters v Dec Spelman (champ), English light-heavyweight title
September 29, Hermitage Leisure Centre, Whitwick: Kane Baker v Myron Mills, vacant English lightweight title
October 19, Ellesmere Port Sports Village: Danny Ball v Mason Cartwright, vacant WBC international silver title