There are four belts on the line when Liam Davies and Jason Cunningham clash at Telford International Centre on Saturday 29th July, and we've got all the information you need ahead of the big domestic showdown.
Davies is the undefeated British, European and WBC International super-bantamweight king, while Cunningham holds the WBO International title and is also a former European champion.
Davies was an excellent winner over Ionut Baluta and it’s possible that we are still yet to see the best from the Telford man after just 13 professional contests.
Cunningham is far more exposed, after 39 fights and seven defeats, but there are good wins over Brad Foster and Gamal Yafai and the Doncaster dueller is an experienced performer.
|What||Liam Davies v Jason Cunningham|
|Where||Telford International Centre, Telford, Shropshire|
|When||Saturday, 29th July 2023|
|How to watch||TNT Sports (formally BT Sport)|
Liam Davies and Jason Cunningham meet at a crossroads on July 29.
Queensberry Promotions have a strong hand in the British super-bantamweight division and the loser of this European title fight will face a much different journey back to title level.
Defeat for Davies, which would be his first, would be described as a stumbling block. An eighth loss for Cunningham could spell the end. The 33-year-old knows that this fight is make or break for his career.
The build-up has taken an unexpected turn with plenty of verbal jabs exchanged between the two. It should be a tasty appetiser before Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford attempt to join boxing immortality later that night in Las Vegas.
It’s Davies. It’s Cunningham. It’s a huge all-British showdown...
The four-belt Telford clash between Liam Davies and Jason Cunningham is due to take place on Saturday, 29th July 2023.
The televised card will begin at 19:00 UK time, with the ring walks for the main event expected to get underway at 20:00.
Exact timings will depend on the duration of the undercard contests.
The fight will take place in Davies’ home town of Telford, Shropshire. There is bound to be a lively crowd supporting the British and European champion at the Telford International Centre.
The venue has a 5,000 capacity and it has become a favourite domestic setting for Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions.
Davies has boxed at the Telford venue three times in his career, but Cunningham also has experience of the International Centre, having twice seen action at the Shropshire setting.
The fight will be shown live in the UK on TNT Sports, the new name for BT Sport.
The televised card gets underway at 19:00 and it promises to be an interesting fight night.
Yes, there are four belts on the line in this contest. Cunningham holds the WBO International title, and while these low-key belts don’t hold much weight on their own, they are seriously useful when it comes to governing body rankings.
Davies is the WBC International super-bantamweight champion and the Telford fighter also holds the precious British and European 122lbs belts. All four titles will be on the line in Shropshire.
Davies is undefeated in 13 professional contests. The 27-year-old has recorded five stoppage victories, but all of his last three triumphs have come by decision.
The Telford puncher took his career to a new high when beating Marc Leach for the British title last year and that was followed by an excellent win over Ionut Baluta for the European crown.
Those are the standout performances on Davies’ card, but the Shropshire man is unexposed and it’s certainly possible that the 27-year-old could move beyond European level.
Cunningham is another improving fighter, but the Doncaster dueller's progress has come far later in his career. The 33-year-old has been beaten seven times in his 39 fights and the latest of those came against former world title challenger Zolani Tete last year.
However, Cunningham pulled off a shock defeat of Gamal Yafai in 2021 and that was followed by another excellent win over Brad Foster. Only seven of the 33-year-old’s 32 victories have come by stoppage, but he has an excellent work rate and punch output and he has shown that he can upset more fancied rivals.
Liam Davies has built a second home for himself at the Telford International Centre. The 27-year-old gets home advantage for the fourth time in his career against Cunningham.
The first defence of his European super-bantamweight belt is a pivotal moment in the ambitions of Davies. Victory could land him a world title eliminator or at the very least land him a significant fight against someone in the top 15. In the current IBF and WBC rankings Davies sits sixth and eighth, respectively.
Known for his strong starts Davies will have to remain patient if things don’t go his way against his southpaw opponent who will not give him anything for free.
The last two wins for the Telford fighter have seen him cope well with the lefty style (against the elusive March Leach) and defuse the explosiveness from Ionut Baluta. Davies is going from strength to strength and momentum is a difficult thing to halt in boxing.
|Lands big shots early||Lack of KO power|
|Good jab||Sometimes reckless|
|Maintains distance||Open to shots from southpaws back hand|
|Lead hand||Can get caught on the back foot|
‘Iceman’ Jason Cunningham will look to freeze the growing reputation of Davies on July 29.
In 2021 he had the best year of his 12-year career upsetting the odds to defeat Gamal Yafai for the European 122lbs championship. A successful first defence followed against Brad Foster.
With the clock ticking Cunningham rolled the dice against the former two-weight world champion last year. The South African showed his class expertly using his jab to contain Cunningham before letting his renowned power take care of matters in the fourth round.
Fighting Davies is potentially Cunningham’s final gamble. The veteran has run himself into the ground during camp knowing exactly what’s at stake win or lose.
It would be foolish to write him off but in boxing father time has a habit of exposing what exactly is left from those looking to avoid the slippery slope into retirement.
|Good jab||Overly cautious|
|Superb discipline||Lack of KO power|
We assess the credentials of the two fighters ahead of the huge all-British dust-up in July...
|'Dangerous' Liam Davies||Jason 'The Iceman' Cunningham|
|Height:||5ft 10ins||5ft 7ins|
|Trainer:||Errol Johnson||Stefy Bull|
|Record:||13-0 (5 KOs)||32-7 (7 KOs)|
|Titles:||British & European champion||Former British & Commonwealther champion|
|Last Fight:||W - UD v Ionut Baluta||W - UD v Miguel Gonzalez (Mar 2023)|
Unbeaten prospect Eithan James fights for his first professional title and cruiserweight hopeful Oronzo Birardi is also on the card.
Owen Cooper, Amaar Akbar, Boma Brown and Macaulay Owen are also in action on a stacked fight night.