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Liam Davies (13-0, 5KOs) returns to Telford in defence of his British and European super-bantamweight titles against Jason Cunningham (32-7, 7KOs) on Saturday.
The pair headline TNT Sports’ inaugural boxing show following their rebranding earlier this month and forms the first part of a doubleheader as Errol Spence Jnr and Terence Crawford meet in an eagerly anticipated welterweight clash in Las Vegas hours later.
Davies has risen to the top of the domestic 122lb division, ousting Marc Leach for the British title in June last year before adding the European in an entertaining twelve-round showing versus Ionut Baluta in November.
Cunningham meanwhile is looking to reclaim the titles he vacated to chase a fight with former world bantamweight champion Zolani Tete.
He got his wish twelve months ago but succumbed to a fourth-round knockout defeat against the South African who subsequently tested positive for a banned substance in the aftermath of the fight.
Although neither is renowned as a big talker outside of the ring, the pair came face-to-face in a somewhat heated exchange at a Frank Warren show last month.
“I’m gonna bash you up”, vowed the champion – a statement he doubled down on at the fight week press conference.
“I’m gonna beat you up, that’s it. Everyone here knows it, you know it, the bookies know it. Trust me, I ain’t no Brad Foster or Gamal Yafai [referencing Cunningham’s previous opponents]. You’re in with someone different this time”, Davies said.
“He talks a lot, I’ll give him that. He can definitely talk”, returned Cunningham.
“We’ll see. There’s nothing I haven’t been in there with. I’ve been there and seen it all, and I’ve done it. My experience is something I’ve got above most and I’ll adapt to whatever I need to adapt to.”
Elsewhere on the card, Northampton welterweight Ethan James (11-0) takes on Anthony Crolla-trained James Moorcroft (19-2, 7KOs) from Wigan over ten rounds.
Staying at 147lbs, Worcester’s Owen Cooper (8-0, 3KOs) faces Nicaragua’s Robin Zamora (20-21, 10KOs) over eight rounds, while top heavyweight prospect Moses Itauma (3-0, 2KOs) returns for his fourth outing of the year against Kevin Espindola (7-7, 2KOs) from Argentina over six.