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Byline: by NICK PEET

ST HELENS' Gary Davis claimed the biggest win of his career last night when he stopped former British champion Martin Power in the second round in Dublin.

Davis, the former undefeated British Masters and Central Area champion, had been brought in as a stepping stone for Power to challenge for his old Lonsdale Belt.

But Davis made the trip full of confidence and clocked up a second round TKO to put himself in the frame for a title shot early in the new year.

Now 8-2-1 (6KOs), Davis lived up to his reputation as one of the most avoided bantamweights in the country as he smashed Power on the chin in the opening round before following it up to force the stoppage in the second. It had been planned for six.

Power, from London, climbed on top of the domestic division two years ago when a winning run of 19 pro fights saw him make the British title belt his own.

But he lost four on the spin, the last of which was 13 months ago, and the Davis fight was seen as his big comeback.

However, the little St Helens' puncher has ended those dreams - and put himself in the frame for a bantamweight title shot.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 19, 2008
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