Tomorrow sees the launch of a different kind of Fight night. Hosted by Matchroom and shown on Sky Sports, the first NXTGEN event will showcase the up-and-coming raw British talent at York Hall with Reece Bellotti v Dai Davies as the headliner.
Reece Bellotti will be challenging Dai Davies in an eliminator for the British Featherweight title that sees him edging ever closer to his first belt.
With an 8-0 record, the 26-year old fighter from Watford means business, gaining confidence with each fight as he goes on. In his last fight against Ian Bailey, he was most impressive, living up to his ‘Bomber’ nickname where he stopped Bailey in round 8 in his first ten round contest, and with his seventh win inside the distance so far.
Making his debut just two years ago, also in York Hall, Bellotti knocked out his opponent, Joe Beeden, in the first round and has since fought at the venue three more times, each time upholding his untainted record.
Topping the bill tomorrow, Bellotti is very much expected to get the win against Welsh Davies with his sights set firmly on the Lord Lonsdale belt.
Talking to Sky Sports, Belloti said,”I’ve never topped the bill as a pro and that is something I’ll have to overcome, but I am not phased by it in any way and I can’t wait to perform.”
“Them nights I want to spend doing forever in boxing. I’ll perform on the night and hopefully I’ll do many more nights like it.”
Dai Davies is an experienced pro at the game, but despite winning his last two fights in 2016, the odds for him to come out as the victor are not looking particularly favoured. With a 14-24 record and only 2 KOs it has been said that the pair, despite Davies experience, are somewhat unmatched and stepping into his 41st fight, in his 12-year career as Bellotti’s senior by seven years could be considered a fairly risky move.
In his last two fights, he has come out victorious on points and with his KO percentage very low in his career compared to Bellotti it looks as though this fight may start too quickly for him and keeping up the pace may be an issue. In his last ten fights he has lost as many as he has won (5/5) but has proved he isn’t frightened of a going toe to toe when needed, and can take a punch or two without going down, as he has shown on numerous occasions in the past.
Davies however is still confident and believes his recent success keeps him in contention to win the eliminator. The 33 year-old has spoken to the press very openly about the age difference and agrees that time is closing in on his chances. Therefore, if he wants this belt, this needs to be his chance, and sometimes heart can lead to surprises as we were reminded very recently in the Haye v Bellew blockbuster.
The odds are however very much in for the Watford man and it is possible we may see another experienced boxer follow suit with Derry Mathews and Paulie Malignaggi by going out to pasture after a early defeat from this fresh and upcoming talent.
By Charlotte Prior. You can follow her on Twitter on @Charlottelily89