At one point there was a fair bit of steam being built up behind British junior welterweight Ohara Davies (19-2, 14 KOs). Most of that dissipated, however, when Davies took his first L — a pretty brutal beating from Josh Taylor in 2017. Since then Davies has lamented his bad boy persona, one he claims was only contrived to attract attention, and then sought to rebuild under essentially a whole new team.
Davies would win three straight fights against lesser opposition since losing to Taylor, but then dropped a unanimous decision against Jack Catterall in October 2018. Again Davies sought to rebuild, took a points win over Miguel Vasquez in June, and now says he still has designs on becoming a world champion.
“As much as people doubt me now - and I’ve been looking on online and seeing what they’re saying about me - people think I’m more of an entertainer than a boxer, but that’s up to me to shut their mouths and change their minds.
”I’m going for a world title. I’m going for everything I can get and I know I can become one [world champion]. The first step is going to be on November 22.”
Davies is now currently slated to participate in The Golden Contract tournament, where he’ll receive his first opponent during tomorrow’s draw. Tyrone McKenna, Mohamed Mimoune, Darren Surtees, Logan Yoon, Lewis Benson, Kieran Gething and Mikey Sakyi are the other participants in the 8-man tourney, and potential first round matchups for Davies.