CHAMPION! Ilkeston’s Prince Davis claims title

Prince David Davis (right) tussles with Marc Ketnor. Photo by Mark Jones.
Prince David Davis (right) tussles with Marc Ketnor. Photo by Mark Jones.

Ilkeston fighter Prince David Davis sent his travelling band of supporters into raptures on Sunday afternoon by capturing the vacant Midlands Area middleweight title in Whitwick near Coalville.

Davis, 27, claimed victory when his opponent, Marc Ketnor of Huncote, Leicestershire, retired on his stool at the end of the sixth round claiming an injured hand.

Hand injury or not, Ketnor, who had been narrowly outpointed by Davis when the pair clashed at the same venue over four rounds back in March 2012, appeared headed for defeat anyway in the scheduled ten round contest.

His cause hadn’t been helped when, as early as the second round, he was sent to the canvas by a right hook to the head.

Ketnor, who argued that he had simply slipped, rallied a little after that early setback and by the fourth session looked like he might be going to make something of a fight out of it.

He was buoyed somewhat too when Swadlincote referee Rob Chalmers docked Davis a point mid-way through the fifth for pushing his opponent’s head down.

A crunching left to the body from Davis later in the same session though left Ketnor looking a little disillusioned and on the receiving end of a steady, yet increasing, stream of jabs he cut a forlorn figure as he made his way back to his corner at the end of the fifth.

There was to be no respite for Ketnor in the next and with his confidence growing the Prince launched a sustained assault and even had time to toy with the Huncote man late in the session, raising his right arm whilst scoring with a ramrod left jab and with their man outclassed and apparently injured it came as no real surprise when Ketnor’s corner team summoned the referee between rounds to announce his retirement.

Davis has now won ten and lost just three whilst this was Ketnor’s fourth defeat in ten professional outings.

On the same bill, Swanwick welterweight Steve Jevons, who like Davis boxes out of the successful Shinfield camp in Somercotes, returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines to register his eighth straight victory.

Improving with every passing round he deservedly took the decision of referee Chalmers who adjudged him a 59-56 six round points winner over Cardiff’s Gareth Piper.

Top of the bill action on the ten-fight show, promoted by Derby’s Clifton Mitchell, saw Shepshed flyweight Louis Norman retain his English title by virtue of a draw against Birmingham’s tough Don 

Report by Andy Whittle