Exclusive: Ohara Davies talks Derry Mathews feud, praises Tony Sims

Joe Hewlett 04/01/2017
Ohara Davies


The war of words between Ohara Davies and Derry Mathews has continued after Davies insisted the Liverpool man ‘offers nothing to the table.’

The feud between the two exploded weeks ago on social media with Mathews declaring an interest in stepping up to super lightweight to settle their differences.

WBC silver champion Davies revealed he would be interested in fighting Mathews if it makes sense financially for the Hackney man.

“I would happily fight Derry as long as it makes sense in terms of money. But the thing is, I have nothing to gain from fighting him, it is me doing him the favour, not the other way around,” Davies exclusively told World Boxing News.

“It all started with me and Josh Taylor on Twitter having an argument and then he got involved. It had absolutely nothing to do with him. He offers nothing to the table for a fight against me. He lost his last fight and would be a retired man if it wasn’t for me.

“I’d rather fight someone else and move up the IBF rankings but if it makes sense then I will. After all, boxing is a business.”

Davies had a successful 2016 with five wins which included winning the English title and WBC silver Super-lightweight title.

Reflecting on 2016, Davies cited his trainer Tony Sims as one of the main contributors to his progression.

Ohara said: “Tony is great. He became my trainer after my second fight and it’s gone well, I can’t complain. I get along with him very well and he has helped me progress massively since I began with him.

“Tony brings a lot of experience with him and has helped develop fighters to become world champions. I know that he can do the same thing with me and get me to that level I know I can compete at and become world champion.”

With training already begun, huge showdowns are in the pipeline for Davies in 2017, potentially against the likes of Taylor, Mathews or even Tyrone Nurse.

Joe Hewlett is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @Hewlett95