GEORGE DAVEY maintained his 100 per cent winning record as a professional after sealing a points win over Jamie Stewart.

Davey was handed a 59-56 points decision by the referee in a close fight that was somewhat limited in its all-out action.

The York fighter never looked in any major danger throughout the contest with his signature defence again on show.

But he could fairly be accused of lacking some attacking intent and not letting his hands go often enough.

Regardless, Davey managed to secure a fourth straight win in the paid ranks and, it must be said, he was in his toughest challenge to date.

Competing in his first six-rounder against Stoke-based Stewart, with just one defeat from his three bouts on his card before the fight.

Davey told the Queensbury Promotions YouTube channel afterwards: “We wanted Jamie Stewart because he looked like a awkward fighter and he drew with (Florian) Marku.

“In there, I felt good and alive. But he was a tricky opponent and he made me think a lot. He caught me with a couple of shots but it’s all learning.

“I’ve learned a lot from that fight and I’ll come back stronger.”

There was very little to separate the two fighters through the opening couple of rounds, though Davey probably edger them with a tad more quality to his work - a short right-hand counter at the end of a quiet second being the highlight of the sparse action.

By the third, Davey was beginning to show off his trademark defence, evading practically everything that the aggressor Stewart was throwing at him with some wonderful head movement and footwork.

But he was unable to really make Stewart pay for those missed shots and, though he landed the odd clean shot, there seemed to be a lack of aggressive intent on occasion.

Davey found himself on the front foot in the fourth and was able to find the home to a few body shots, though his best work was in catching Stewart with a left while he tried to pull clear off the ropes.

Stewart began to have plenty of success in the fifth round. A lovely counter left found a home, but he couldn’t land with his follow-up strikes.

Those shots seemed to wake up Davey, who quickly retaliated and displayed his quick hands.

But, right on the bell, a huge short left from Stewart landed absolutely flush and seemed to edge the round in his favour.

Heading into the final round, Stewart was given instructions to go for the finish by his corner, who believed he had not done enough to be given the verdict on the cards.

That approach was visible as he began to unleash some big swings, only a few of which found the target.

Stewart seemed to have the better of a competitive last stanza, but Davey had moments of joy too, responding with sharp counter off the ropes and ducking under a Stewart swing-and-a-miss before landing a one-two to the body.

Davey added: “I’m a tough cookie when it does get rough.

“But, like I said, it’s all learning and glad that I had the chance to box against Jamie Stewart and now onto the next one.”

On his bow at welterweight, he said: “It was all a learning curve to get down to this weight because I haven’t been at that weight in years. “But I think that I’ll make the weight easier and easier every time and things will get better.”