Ohara Davies has been a busy man since turning pro (even training on his birthday this week!) and is one to watch for 2017, kicking off with his much-anticipated fight with Derry Mathews at the O2 on March 4th.
Davies, from Hackney, currently 14-0, feels more than prepared for whatever Matthews brings to the ring after a roaring start in training and feels in faster, better shape than he has ever been before.
“As I progress in my boxing career, each fight is going to get harder and harder, so training is a lot more intense, but it means I’m a lot fitter, a lot faster, a lot sharper, and that ultimately is what your boxing career is all about.”
“I get a new opponent. I train and I win, that’s it,” said Davies exclusively to World Boxing News.
“This is Derry’s last chance. He’s been beaten in his last two fights, and I think this might be it for him. He will turn up and give it a go but I am younger, fresher and hungrier for it. To be honest he doesn’t pose a threat to me.”
Looking back to his last fight with Andrea Scarpa, who he beat by unanimous decision last November, Davies said: “Going into the fight I wasn’t sure how I was going to handle twelve rounds, so I’m pleased the fight went the distance because now I’ve been there, done it, and now I know I can get through those rounds easily.
“I’ve got long arms and move awkwardly which makes me very difficult for my opponents to read because they just do not know what to expect. People said Scarpa had no idea in that fight, but I just feel like he didn’t know how to read me. By the end, he had nothing left, it was too much for him.
“For the March fight, I’m in even better shape than I was then so I’m ready to fight at a much higher pace, throwing a lot more shots, and make the fight even more exciting for the fans.”
Facing the future, after his clash with Matthews, Davies is ready ‘to go onto bigger and better things.’
“I’m hoping to be fighting for a world title by early next year, but for now possible future opponents include Tyrone Nurse (34-2-1), who I rate very highly, Josh Taylor (8-0) and Robbie Davies Jr (15-0). I am aiming for one or two of these guys after I move on after the Matthews fight,” he said.
OHARA DAVIES – 2017 predictions:
Haye v Bellew – “A lot of people might disagree but I believe this could go either way. I think Bellew is really underrated and if he catches Haye early he’s got a really good chance.”
Joshua v Klitschko – “Joshua in the first five, easy.”
Charlotte Prior is a staff writer for WBN. Follow Charlotte on Twitter @charlottelily89