KODY Davies makes his professional debut this weekend with every intention of making a name for himself in boxing’s paid ranks as quickly as he can.

The 23-year-old from Pontllanfraith faces Latvia’s Andrejs Tolstihs over four rounds on Mo Prior’s promotion at Swansea’s LC2 tomorrow night.

Former Welsh and British amateur champion Davies goes into the contest in the best possible shape thanks to his work under trainer Gavin Rees.

Rees, who became WBA world light-welterweight champion in 2007, has had a big impact on Davies’ career since the two linked up earlier this year.

Newbridge’s Rees was the one who suggested Davies drop from cruiserweight to light-heavyweight – and the move to 175lbs is something the new pro is relishing.

“Everything has been great,” said Davies, who is also managed by Cwmbran’s Gary Lockett.

“It was a bit of a learning curve for the first few weeks but my body adapted to it well.

“A lot of credit should go to Gavin for making the right call because I’m much more economical and faster, and I just feel a lot better.

“Training has completely changed since leaving GB Boxing and coming back to Wales to work with Gavin.

“My time in the gym has doubled, I’m sparring more and I’m running for longer.

“Sparring with a world champion like George Groves was great. We sparred 56 rounds in a few weeks and I gained a wealth of experience from it.”

That sparring with Groves should stand Davies in good stead for tonight’s clash with 38-year-old Tolstihs.

The Latvian’s 11 pro victories have all come via knockout, although he has lost 27 fights and drawn another two.

Davies is used to facing international opponents following his time in the amateur ranks, and he can’t wait to give his fans something to cheer in Swansea.

“I’m going in there looking to make a statement and get the win for all of my supporters,” he added.

“I fought all over the world as an amateur but it was hard for everyone to travel to watch me.

“Now they can come and see me fight just down the road from my home.

“I’m looking forward to actually giving my supporters some good times and good nights, which is something I couldn’t do in the amateurs.

“I want to be 3-0 before Christmas so I’m keen to fight as soon as possible after this one and then again.

“I just want to fight as much as I can next year and make a name for myself as fast as I can.”

Davies has sold close to 200 tickets for the show and will have plenty of family and friends supporting him on the night.