GEORGE DAVEY believes he will be more than ready for this month’s return to the ring, having been in the gym every day since his last fight.

The York boxer will fight Stoke's Jamie Stewart on the undercard to the British and Commonwealth middleweight title fight between Denzel Bentley and Felix Cash, which will be shown live on BT Sport on April 24.

It will be Davey’s first outing in 2021, having been waiting for a new fight date since his points win over Jeff Thomas in September at London’s York Hall.

The 23-year-old has been working hard behind the scenes in preparation for his fourth professional bout, having won all three thus far, even when returning to Lanzarote, where he was born, over Christmas.

Davey said: “I was back in the gym the week after my last fight, I got back in the gym straight away. I wasn’t going crazy, but I was ticking over.

“I went back to Lanzarote and was planning on being there for two weeks, but ended up staying there for a month because of lockdown in England.

“Even when I was out in Lanzarote, I was still training at Champions Gym and I was running out there too.

“I haven’t stopped training (since my last fight).”

Davey will compete over six rounds for the first time on April 24, with his first three fights being four-round bouts.

And though on paper such a step-up may seem early for Davey, he believes the timing is just right.

“It is only my fourth fight coming up, but we just felt ready for it,” he said. “There’s only so many four-rounders you can do and I feel like you’re only going to stay at that same level if you keep on doing them.

“I would be looking to go up to six rounds at some point, so why not do it now? I’m a really fit lad, I train my heart out and I spar hundreds of rounds, so I should be absolutely fine going six rounds.

“I know that I won’t be gassing out as I’m quite good at pacing, so six-rounders should suit me perfectly.”

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on professional boxing. With no spectators allowed into boxing venues, only the major promoters with television networks have been able to run shows.

Fortunately, Davey is signed to Queensbury Promotions. This will be his second fight behind closed doors.

“A lot of my mates are struggling for fights at the minute because there’s not a lot happening,” Davey added.

“For Frank (Warren) to put me on these bills, it is a privilege and I can’t thank him enough.

“This may be the last fight I have without fans, so I’ll embrace and think how lucky I am to have boxed on two good bills with no fans, because not many fighters have done that.

“I really did enjoy the last one. It was a completely new experience and it was enjoyable with and without people there.

“I can’t wait for my fans, friends and family to be there. It’s an overwhelming feeling to have everyone there in the arena cheering you on and I can’t wait for that again.

“It’s been well over a year since that happened, so I’m looking forward to that again.”

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