Exclusive: Ohara Davies eyes world title shot in 2017

Joe Hewlett 06/01/2017
Ohara Davies


British Super-lightweight contender Ohara Davies has plenty to be proud of when looking back on his performances over the last twelve months.

With a perfect five victories in 2016, WBC Silver champion Davies extended his unbeaten record (14-0-0) and on the way claiming the English title and WBC silver Super lightweight title.

Davies is a man on a mission in 2017, and with plenty of options on the table, he will decide with his team in the next few weeks what’s next for the Hackney man.

“This year I would like to have three fights because every fight will be a twelve rounder,” Ohara exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Last year was a good progressive year for me after having five fights, but towards the end of the year I started feeling a little bit tired physically and mentally so this year I’d like to have three.

“There are quite a few options for me and the team including the British title which I am mandatory for, but I’m ranked highly in the IBF rankings and if I’m being honest I would like to challenge for a world title as soon as possible really.”

His team will sit down with Ohara’s promoter Eddie Hearn in the upcoming weeks to discuss how they continue to move forward into 2017.

Davies spoke highly about Hearn in his interview with WBN this week.

He said: “I have a good relationship with Eddie, whenever we see each other we always have a laugh and a joke. That’s how it should be between us, nothing too serious.

“What I like about Eddie is that I can speak to him about anything. Sometimes we will sit down and have a chat about things that don’t even relate to boxing. He’s very easy to talk to.

“In terms of the business side I don’t get too involved, I leave it for my team to sort out.”

In a dream scenario, Davies said he hoped to face someone in the top 10, possibly in an eliminator for the IBF title.

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