Derry Mathews has accused forthcoming opponent and WBC silver super-lightweight champion Ohara Davies of being more into a celebrity lifestyle than his boxing career.
The 33 year-old challenges Davies for the chance to enter the WBC rankings on March 4 as Mathews takes his place on the undercard to fellow Liverpudlian Tony Bellew’s fight with David Haye.
Mathews has been involved in a social media spat with Davies and some his TV star friends, including James Argent of ‘The Only Way is Essex’ and ‘Dirty’ Derry is obviously not impressed with the company his rival hangs out with.
“There will be lots of Scousers there but I think half of London wants me to beat him too,” said Mathews.
“He’s got a horrible attitude and he comes across badly on social media. He’s trying to be a bad boy but he’s hanging out with TV stars from TOWIE. I don’t know what he is – is he a London bad boy or an Essex TV star? I don’t think he knows himself, but I know he’ll be getting in a cab home after the fight with Arg and no belt.
“He’s the WBC Silver champion but I think he’s been handed that on a plate – it’s the same belt that Callum Smith and Luke Campbell have and they’ll fight for World titles this year. Davies shouldn’t be on a par with them, so I am going to rip that belt off him and get my name back in the mix…this time at 10 stone.”
Davies, 24, has so far won all fourteen of his pro bouts, scoring eleven stoppages along the way, having claimed the strap from tough Italian Andrea Scarpa last time out at Wembley Arena.