Exclusive: Ohara Davies inspired by stablemate Ricky Burns, discusses Anthony Crolla clash

Joe Hewlett 12/08/2017

Ohara Davies

Scotland’s Ricky Burns and England’s Anthony Crolla have sent fans into frenzy as Promoter Eddie Hearn announced the pair will fight each other on October 7.

The hair-raising barnstormer of a fight will take place at the Manchester Arena with both looking to return to winning ways following recent world title defeats.

Ohara Davies expects the duel to live up to the anticipation.

“It’s a great fight for boxing, people want to see it with two fighters who have got the heart to fight against each other,” Davies exclusively told World Boxing News.

“It’s a real 50/50 fight and it could go either way, but Ricky Burns is my stable mate and I’ll be egging for him to win.

“The loser of the fight, their career is effectively done, whoever wins the fight will get another shot of being world champion again,” he said.


The born and bred Hackney fighter received high volumes of criticism during their anti-climax finish as Taylor won via TKO in round seven.

However, Burns, who was part of the Channel 5 team during the clash in Glasgow, defended his stablemate’s heart and desire.

In return, Davies paid tribute to the three-weight world champion.

“He had to (defend me), he trains in the same gym as me,” he joked.

“It’s inspirational to have somebody around like him in the gym, he’s achieved so much in boxing, he’s fought on the stages I can only dream of. He’s done it countless times at three weights as world champion.

“When I see him at the gym, and see how hard he works, it only spurs me on and pushes me to think how hard I have to work to get there. People like him and Kevin Mitchell, they don’t know it but these are the people I looked up to when I first got into boxing.

“As an amateur boxer, when they were at the pinnacle, I looked up to these guys and sometimes I think they think I don’t look up to them but I really do,” he added.

The Matchroom fighter is on the comeback trail and will feature at the Echo Arena with the super-lightweight looking to get back into championship contention as he squares off against Tom Farrell on September 30.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95