Sam Jones, currently out in American camp with UK heavyweight Joe Joyce, has expressed his views on the recent furore involving Ohara Davies.
In a Twitter spat with Tommy Coyle, Davies was accused of being insensitive to the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster involving the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans, something Jones believes was simply unintentional from the Londoner.
“Ohara said something naive but I know he wasn’t referring to the Hillsborough disaster,” Jones exclusively told World Boxing News.
“But when Twitter went crazy I believe Tommy Coyle played on it to generate hype.
“Ohara is a good lad just trying to make a name in boxing. Everyone fails to report the daily racial abuse he gets.
“He might be outspoken and bit of a marmite character, but no way is he evil enough to mock a disaster that affected so many people and is still affecting them today.”
Davies, 25, lost out to Josh Taylor last summer to taste a first defeat but followed it up with a crushing stoppage win over Tom Farrell, ironically on Merseyside.
Jones believes Davies showed character to shake off what was a bad loss in Scotland and hopes Davies joins his man Joyce on the David Haye v Tony Bellew Pay-Per-View event against Coyle on May 5th.
“Ohara put it all on the line against a tremendous fighter in Josh Taylor and I heard he had personal issues in the camp, but he still came back with a brilliant KO against Farrell and showed he’s got true grit. Like all good champions, he bounced back,” pointed out Jones.
“I’d love to see Ohara Davies v Tommy Coyle on the Haye v Bellew undercard as it’s a real crowd pleaser, but also as it’s a fight I believe Ohara wins handily,” he added.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay