By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
DYAH DAVIS is aiming to use James DeGale as a stepping stone in his bid to get back into the world title mix. The American meets WBC silver super-middleweight belt holder DeGale at Bluewater in Kent on Saturday.
Although 2008 Olympic gold medallist DeGale, 27, is a firm favorite, Davis is certain he can cause a surprise.
The 32-year-old lost in the final round against WBC champion Sakio Bika last year. Now the son of 1976 Olympic champ Howard Davis Jr wants another shot.
He said: “When I met Sakio I wasn’t in the best of form. I had an injury but I took that fight because it was a great opportunity.
“Now I want to get right back up there. Fighting DeGale is my opportunity to get back to the world level. I’m very excited.”
Davis, a former North American Boxing Federation champ, has lost just three of his 26 pro contests with 10 knockouts.
But he knows it will be tough against DeGale who has one defeat in 17 pro bouts.
He said: “I know I’m up against it going into his backyard.
“I did it against Marcus Johnson in Texas, where I was the underdog and sacrificial lamb against an undefeated fighter – but I still won.
“I know I can do that again. I want his championship belt and all his positions in the world rankings and sanctioning bodies because I know that’s where I should be.
“I know what I’m up against, not being the favourite. When I’m in that position it just motivates me more to get the job done.
“I most definitely want to show James what it’s like to be in the ring with a world-class opponent.”
THE DeGale-Davis fight is live on Channel 5 this Saturday from 10pm.