WBO world-ranked Jack Catterall insists he’s disinterested in – and unconvinced by – Ohara Davies’ self-proclaimed behavioural changes.
Lancashire’s Catterall (22-0-KO12) clashes with Davies (18-1-KO14) at the Leicester Arena on October 6 with some expecting the Londoner to unleash his trademark verbal explosions at some stage of the build-up.
For his part, Davies insists he’s a reformed character when it comes to his treatment of rivals. ‘Two Tanks’ even made a bet with iFL TV’s Kugan Cassius he’ll be able to retain his new-found discipline until fight night.
Catterall – relatively quiet and respectful towards all his opponents to date – is adamant he simply doesn’t care.
‘El Gato’ said: “I’m not interested in any of it really. I think the fight is good enough to sell without me acting out of character and kicking off or joining in with any trash talk.
“He’s known for talking trash so we’ll see as the fight gets closer whether he reverts to type. I don’t think I’ll wind him up. If anything, he’ll wind himself up and end up saying something.
“I don’t mind him as a person. I don’t agree with some of the comments he’s made in the past but we all say and do things sometimes that not every agrees with. I wouldn’t say I like him but I don’t have any hate towards him.
“I’ve picked up a lot of fans along the way by just focusing on fighting. There’s no need for me to manufacture trash talk. He can do what he wants and say what he wants but this fight sells itself.”
Also on the bill, which will be shown live on BT Sport, is MTK Global’s unbeaten super-featherweight Archie Sharp stepping up to challenge Leon Woodstock for the WBO European title.