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Liam Davies v Shabaz Masoud - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of domestic rivals Liam Davies and Shabaz Masoud as the super-bantamweight prospects gear-up for their hugely-significant European title showdown in Birmingham on Saturday 20th July.

Liam Davies v Shabaz Masoud

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In the space of eight days in November 2022, Liam Davies and Shabaz Masoud both won significant fights in their careers.

Davies captured the vacant European super-bantamweight title against Romanian hard-nut Ionut Baluta, while Masoud beat fellow British boxing title contender Jack Bateson.

Two contests at two different levels but two steps of progression which propelled both fighters on an upward trajectory.

The career of Davies has rolled on with knockout momentum, yet the career of Masoud has stalled and faltered.

But who will prevail when the two meet in a truly intriguing bout on Queensberry's upcoming 'Magnificent 7' card?

Let’s take a look at the 'Tale of the Tape'...

Liam Davies v Shabaz Masoud
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

Liam Davies

Shabaz Masoud

Odds:

2/5

2/1

Age:

28

28

Nickname:    

'Dangerous'

'Maverick'

Height:

5ft 7ins

5ft 7ins

Reach:

67ins

67ins

Weight:

Super-bantamweight

Super-bantamweight

Trainer:

Errol Johnson

Ben Davison

Record:

16-0 (8 KOs)

12-0 (4 KOs)

Last Fight:

Won - (TKO) v Erik Robles Ayala (March 2024)

Won - (SD) v Jose Sanmartin (November 2023)

Liam Davies
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There seems to be no stopping Liam Davies.

The Telford man has carved out a terrific career for himself and not only has he won the British and European titles at 122lbs, he now finds his name ranked in the top five with the WBC and IBF where the spectacular Naoya Inoue sits as undisputed champion.

Beating Marc Leach, who himself was looking at climbing a ladder above domestic level, in 2022 was a real turning point for Davies, who dropped the Salford fighter in the opening round before going on to win the British title.

Since then, Davies has recorded wins over Ionut Baluta, Jason Cunningham, Vincenzo La Femina and Erik Robles Ayala, finding his punching-power in that time too, with the last three being stopped inside six rounds.

Davies had hoped to be facing a bigger name and undertaking a bigger test to move him a closer to that dream opportunity against Inoue.

Instead, his next opponent comes in the shape of a man that Davies doesn’t believe is on his level.

But therein lies the danger...

Davies is a down to earth guy, an honest man and one who says how it is, but the odds-on favourite feels as though he is dropping down in class to tackle Masoud.

On paper, Davies wins and wins well once again.

He could close Masoud down and eventually chop him down much like his last three foes. But maybe, just maybe, this matchup may prove to be the toughest of his career to date.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Lands big shots early

Becomes reckless

Jab

Open to southpaw fighters back hand

Maintains distance

Gets caught on the back foot

Lead hand

Over confidence

Shabaz Masoud
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If you are only as good as your last fight then Shabaz Masoud is in trouble on Saturday 20th July.

His narrow split-decision win over Jose Sanmartin - who once took former world champion Emanuel Navarrete 11 rounds - raised a few eyebrows from onlookers.

Masoud was under pressure throughout and, while he had success, he also found himself trapped in scenarios which his opponent had control of.

Trainer ben Davison holds the belief that if his charge fails to capture a world title, then he will have underachieved; and Davison knows an elite fighter from a good one.

Beating Liam Davies would undoubtedly go some distance in making people stand up and take notice of the Stoke fighter.

Davies doesn’t pour forward in reckless abandonment and when there is an opening he makes the most of it. Lately, he's even found that weapon to end bouts inside the distance too.

Look, Masoud has the talent to frustrate Davies and to even be ahead at the halfway stage, but this fight feels like a potential tale of two halves.

One where Masoud erases the memories of the Sanmartin fight and another where Davies eventually gets to his man and ends the contest in the final couple of rounds.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Movement

Power

Jab

Inactivity

Left hand lead

Invites pressure too often

Back-foot boxing

Not enough in his arsenal

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation. 

Liam Davies v Shabaz Masoud

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