This is the third incarnation of the sportsman Ben Davies and he feels it is the one he is most suited to.

Dodworth's Davies, 26, has been a half decent non-league footballer, a champion in body building but it's in the boxing ring where he he says he's felt most at home.

A win tomorrow night at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, in an English title eliminator against Joe Mullender, would cement his belief that he is in the right sport.

"I've dabbled a bit and I probably sound like someone who says he's been there, seen this and done that but I actually have," laughed middleweight Davies.

"I've done other sports to a decent level. I played non-league for Brodsworth and Maltby Main and won a national title in natural body building.

"Boxing, though, was something I always wanted to have a go at. I then found out my uncle and Grandad boxed and it made sense. I think it's in my blood. I've loved every minute of boxing."

Davies first boxed as an amateur for Sheffield Boxing Centre then turned professional in 2012.

Since then he's developed into an exciting boxer with the power to hurt opponents.

A win over Welshman Frankie Borg earlier this year encourages Davies ahead of the contest with Brentwood man Mullender who has won eight of nine contests.

He hopes it won't be the only Barnsley win over Essex opposition over the weekend.

"Some of my fans are going to watch the Southend Barnsley match then are coming to watch me. I'll be on at about 7pm so they should make it," added Davies, whose record reads won seven, lost two, drawn one.

"It's going to be a good day out for them and it'll be nice if Barnsley get three points too. I'm looking forward to the entire weekend.

"The York Hall is the home of British boxing and it'll be great to fight there"