Top trainer Andre Daltrey believes young gun Ryan Davies has come of age after getting through the toughest week of his fledgling professional life unscathed and returning with another victory under his belt.
The 21-year-old lightweight was made to make four different weights in the space of seven days in order to continue his blossoming fight career with a third straight victory at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, on Friday night (June 6).
And professional trainer Daltrey – a former world kickboxing champion himself – says it’s testament to the young Farnborough fighter’s mental strength that was able to secure a second-round TKO victory over experienced Hungarian Bela Sandor against all the odds.
“It was a nightmare week in terms of preparation,” admitted Daltrey, who trains Davies at the ARD Training Camp, Aldershot. “We had three late changes of opponent so Ryan needed to make four different weights in a week. He started at 9st 7lbs, then 9st 9lbs, 10st 4lbs and then back to 9st 13lbs for Sandor.
“It was his toughest week as a professional for sure, but that’s the making of Ryan. It would have been very easy to get stressed out with it all but he’s very strong psychologically and kept it all in his stride. For a lad who’s just turned 21 with no amateur experience, he has incredible mental strength.”
Sandor flew in to England for his 100th professional fight yet was still an unknown to Davies and his corner of Daltrey, Steve Fox and Darren Harrison, who had to watch footage of him on YouTube in order to piece together a fight strategy.
“It wasn’t ideal but we were just pleased to get Ryan some rounds under his belt,” Daltrey said. The plan was to get some good shots in early and use his lateral movement to retreat without getting caught, and it worked a treat.”
Davies and the ARD team – including training partners Jason Turner and Tyler White – are now off to embark on a dream two-week training camp at the world-renowned Wild Card Gym, Los Angeles, with top trainer Freddie Roach and superstar Manny Pacquiao.
But while fans of Team Davies are naturally getting excited with the rapid development of this fast maturing young fighter, Daltrey insists no-one inside the camp will be getting carried away.
“I won’t need to do much to be honest as Ryan is very level-headed,” he added. “We’ve got a show lined up in September, maybe one before that, but they’ll be no talk of fighting for titles this year.”