Exclusive: Derry Mathews fires back, brands Ohara Davies ‘all talk’

Phil Jay 04/01/2017

Derry Mathews issued a swift response to an exclusive Ohara Davies article released by WBN on Wednesday regarding a recent online feud between the pair.

The 33 year-old, who is mulling over his next move following back-to-back reverses against Terry Flanagan and Luke Campbell, has made no secret of the fact he would be willing to face undefeated contender Davies in the ring.

Davies effectively ruled out a meeting when speaking to Joe Hewlett for WBN due to the Merseyside fighter ‘bringing nothing to the table’, whilst Mathews is sure the WBC Silver super-lightweight champion is just talking himself out of a fight.

“Ohara Davies has been the one saying all this stuff about me but deep down him and Eddie Hearn don’t want the fight,” Mathews exclusively told World Boxing News.

“If he wanted any part of it, this fight would be on by now. Everybody can see he’s all talk but he wants people to think he’s a superstar without fighting real opponents.

“If what he’s said (to WBN) is what he really thinks, then that settles that, as he doesn’t want it now so he can stop tweeting crap about me and mentioning me all the time.

“What he needs to do is fight some real opponents as he’s been gifted that WBC title,” added the former interim world champion.

Davies, 24, has fourteen wins and eleven stoppages since turning pro in April 2014, five of which happened in 2016 alone, culminating in a career-best triumph over Andrea Scarpa last time out.

Mathews would be required to move up to 140 if the Davies clash was ever to make it to the first bell, although future plans for the duo could see them both go in completely different directions moving forward.

Judging by the social media response, UK fans would like to see what looks a competitive match-up between Mathews and Davies come to fruition in 2017.