Lightweight prospect Ohara Davies opened the Martin-Joshua broadcast today in London with a dominant victory over Andy Keates, winning vacant English title with a fourth round stoppage.
Davies (11-0, 9 KO) has been impressive thus far as a pro, and continued that today. The 24-year-old Londoner, nicknamed "Two Tanks," dropped Keates (11-4, 1 KO) with a counter right uppercut in the opening round, and though Keates gave a brave effort and did his best to try fighting fire with fire, he was simply outgunned against a better, stronger fighter.
In the third round, Keates, 24, found himself cut fairly badly on a clash of heads. The corner and doctor took a look at the cut, but Keates did continue on. He got through that round, but was cracked with a right hand and a body shot early in the fourth, which finished the fight.
After the bout, Davies called out reigning British champion Scotty Cardle, who has been looking pretty vulnerable in recent bouts, drawing on April 2 in a rematch with Sean Dodd. Whether or not Davies gets that fight by the end of the year is hard to say, but he may indeed not be far off from challenging the perceived top domestic lightweights.