Top talent Ryan Davies insists he will keep his feet firmly on the ground when he makes his eagerly-awaited professional debut this weekend.
The 20-year-old from Farnborough is already being touted as one of the most promising lightweights in the country and will be looking to make his first impression on the pro ranks when he takes on the experienced Sid Razak on promoter Mickey Helliet’s bill in Portsmouth on Saturday (February 8).
Davies walked away from a promising football career at Aldershot Town to chase his boxing dream and after a whirlwind year of trading blows with a host of top sparring partners, the ARD Training Camp protege is fast catching the eye of some of the pro game’s top promoters.
“Going professional is a completely new feeling and a big step for me but surprisingly I’m feeling very positive and confident about it,” said Davies, who has trained with the likes of Southern Area lightweight champion Floyd Moore and super featherweight sensation Romeo Romaeo. “I’ve sparred with some big names and some good, experienced pros and they've helped pull me along.
“I’ve got plans for the future, of course, with up and coming fights in March, but, for now, it's all about getting my head right for Saturday.
“This fight means the world to me. I’ve worked so hard, for four years, to get to this stage, it’s been a big part of my life. To win and to progress in my boxing career is a huge deal to me.
“My family and friends have all supported me, I’m looking to do them all proud on Saturday.
“I’m usually quite a chilled-out, calm person but no doubt they’ll be a few nerves on the night. I’m sure they’ll go once that bell goes.
“However, I know I’m in good hands. [Trainer] Andre [Daltrey] has taught me everything I know about boxing so I owe him a lot, [second] Darren [Harrison] has got me up to scratch, and Jason is a quality training partner – an older, wiser head who has kept me level-headed.”
Davies' trainer, Andre Daltrey, at the Aldershot-based ARD Training Camp, has watched the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao train – now he reckons he’s got the right formula to produce some homegrown champions in the shape of Ryan and his training partner, Jason Turner, who also makes his professional debut on the same bill.
“I’m very proud of the way they have settled into their training, how professional they are and much they listen,” Daltrey said. “It’s so important to have people that listen, especially in the professional game, it has to be structured, and these two guys are great at doing that.
“Money just can't buy the experience of going to Las Vegas last year and visiting Freddie Roach's gym, hopefully now that knowhow can pay dividends with Ryan and Jason. I’m not going to run before I can walk but I personally think we can go a good, good way. I think we can win titles.”