British junior welterweight Ohara Davies (18-2, 14 KOs) will look to get back into the win column on June 28th as he’s just been scheduled to face former lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez (41-7, 15 KOs) at York Hall in London. The fight will air live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.
Davies, 27, appeared to be on the cusp of world title contention until he ran into Josh Taylor in 2017, who more or less ran him over in seven rounds to hand Davies his first stoppage defeat. Davies would soon thereafter find himself in some promotional turmoil, but eventually linked up with MTK Global and Frank Warren to get his career moving again. Davies then reeled off three straight wins following that Taylor loss, but most recently dropped a decision to Jack Catterall last October.
With Davies speaking on this upcoming opportunity, he says, “It puts me back on the world scene and I feel like that’s where I truly belong. I’m ready to make amends and right all the wrongs from my last fight.
“I know what mistakes I made against Catterall and now I’m going to capitalise. I’ve had a quiet few months since then, but I’ve been training every day, so I’ll be the best me when I get in there.
“Some people said I should fight a journeyman and ease myself back into things, but I know what I can do.”
Meanwhile, Vazquez, 32, has been one of the trickier veterans of the last decade (making up for his lack of punching power) but has been out of major world title contention since losing his IBF belt to Mickey Bey back in 2014. Since then Vazquez has bounced around a little, taking some lower level fights, until he too ran into Josh Taylor who buzz-sawed him in nine rounds following the Davies fight. Vazquez would fight three times afterwards, taking two decision but another stoppage loss to Thulani Mbenge in between.