Leon avenges brother’s loss

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Wel­ter­weight mem­bers of the Bath City Box­ing Club, Deklan Davies and brother Leon Davies, have both been in ac­tion. Deklan was com­pet­ing against Ali Dashti of Malmes­bury at Paddy John’s show. Dashti, crouch­ing low and de­liv­er­ing swing­ing body blows, found it dif­fi­cult to de­fend against the more com­pe­tent tech­ni­cal boxer. How­ever, Davies be­gan to run out of steam in the third round and Dashti was able to take ad­van­tage as the judges awarded him a split de­ci­sion. A re­match was ar­ranged im­me­di­ately but Davies sus­tained a neck in­jury days later. Brother Leon stepped up to the mark to take the bout and com­pete against Dashti at the Malmes­bury show.

The first round saw Leon de­liv­er­ing jabs to thwart his crouch­ing op­po­nent, avoid­ing his close con­tact style. In the se­cond round the Bath boxer de­liv­ered a straight left fol­lowed by an up­per­cut which rocked the Malmes­bury boxer. Dashti could not com­pete against the tech­ni­cal box­ing abil­ity of Leon in the fi­nal round, com­bined with his ex­cel­lent foot­work as the Bath pugilist took a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion.

Mean­while, Bath City ABC heavy­weight Jor­dan Wao­bikeze will be in ac­tion on Satur­day when he makes his de­but at the Bris­tol Smelt­ing Club Show at the Sea Mills Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, whic starts at 7pm. All sup­port­ers wel­come, with en­try priced at adults £15 and un­der-15s £5. There will be a li­censed bar, food, DJ and MC, plus ring card girls and a sports mem­o­ra­bilia auc­tion.

Left, Deklan Davies and, above, club­mate Jor­dan Wao­bikeze

Bath City ABC boxer Leon Davies with coaches Dave Love and Joe Gar­dener

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