Daly Looks To Build

Sam Daly is looking to build upon his winning debut after ironing out the kinks of a long spell on the sidelines.

His second ring action of 2022 comes when BCB Promotions are back at the Hangar Events Venue, in Wolverhampton, on Friday night (July 22).

Northampton’s Daly finally made his long-awaited pro bow last month, two years on from when he was first due to turn over and almost four years since he last engaged in competitive combat.

The 26-year-old took on George Rogers, rolling over his opponent on points after four rounds. The scoreline was 40-37, meaning a session was shared on the way.

That victory got Daly up and running, in the super welterweight division, and he will go again all of 42 days later, making the trip from Northampton.

He has a decent amateur grounding, under the tutelage of his father, Arthur, at Kings Heath Boxing Club, which saw him come close to becoming a national champion.

His amateur career saw him rack up 36 wins from 47 amateur bouts and he reached the final of the 2013 National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs (NABC) competition.

He’s now coached by James Conway, training out of the Team Shoe Box gym, with Daly keen to improve another winning record quickly.

He said: “I’d had so long out of the ring, before making my debut. I was happy to take this one and I’ll be looking to get out again, as soon as possible.

“I was thankful to make my debut, as you can imagine. If, for some reason, it hadn’t happened, I’d have been thinking long and hard about whether I wanted to carry on boxing.

“I certainly didn’t take it for granted, even walking out there, and it wasn’t until I got the ring that I believed that it was finally happening. It was a great feeling.

“I was the most nervous that I’ve ever been, in a fight, but I was happy with how it went. I’m my own worst critic, so I knew that I’d done well.

“I don’t know how I didn’t win all four rounds, it might have been the third where he pushed me to the ropes. I just stayed there and boxed him back, so it’s a mystery to me.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back in there and I think I’ll be a lot more confident this time, now that I’ve got my debut out of the way.

“I was seeing the shot and letting the opportunity pass me by, then, but I should be a lot sharper, now that the ring rust has come off.

“I told my team, straight after my debut, that I wanted to box again, in July, so I’m glad that I’ve got the chance to do that. It’s about keeping the momentum going.”

Tickets for the Hangar bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, from the BCB Box Office by calling 07493 582 261 or visiting myfighttickets.com.

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