BIDEFORD boxer Dan Davies stepped into the lion’s den on Friday night when he faced Exeter ABC boxer J Marks in front of a packed home crowd.

The aggressive Bideford boy went at his opponent from the off, letting loose with some big right handed attacks. Marks countered by using his longer reach and not getting involved in a tear up.

This clash of styles was in the balance until the final round. Davies showed great heart and had Marks out on his feet several times as his superior power shone through, but he could not find the finishing punch against the stylish Marks and finally lost out on points 10-8, 10-8 and 9-7.

The boxers received the recognition of being awarded the bout of the night.

Davies is hoping to be back in action on the Bideford club’s own dinner show at the Durrant House Hotel on November 25. Call Dick Kersey for tickets 07841846552