Ohara Davies lifts the lid on his renewed calm ahead of the huge #GoldenContract campaign.
Ohara Davies is full of renewed vigour after returning to trainer Tony Cesay.
Cesay – a famous amateur who won the 1999 national senior championships – worked with Davies in his youth and has returned to guide the powerful ‘Two Tanks’ ahead of the #GoldenContract tournament.
As he prepares to enter the draw for next weekend’s hotly-anticipated quarter-finals at York Hall, Davies has paid tribute to a life-long mentor.
Davies said: “Tony means a lot to me. He’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a father figure.
“When I was young and in trouble, he got me into boxing. It kept me off the streets and he made sure I couldn’t go back there to sell drugs and fight. I had to be in the gym.
“As I got older, we went our separate ways because I thought I knew better but as the story of the prodigal son goes, now I’m back.
“Tony has had a big impact on my career the last few months and it has been so positive. He reminds to work hard and focus properly every day.
“I listen to Tony when he tells me how to rest as well. He says I should be at home on the couch and not out in restaurants and bars living the life of a player. I have to live the life of a fighter and train like a warrior.
“I’ve seen improvements in my sparring, my fitness and my confidence. This is the best shape I’ve been in during my five years as a fighter. I’m a totally different animal and I’m excited.“
Lewis Benson feels he has a score to settle with Tyrone McKenna
Lewis Benson claims Tyrone McKenna to do all he can to swerve a rematch in the #GoldenContract tournament.
Scotland’s Benson (12-2, 2 KOs) seized his chance to enter the colossal super-lightweight tournament, which will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom Boxing and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank, and is hopeful of renewing hostilities with Belfast’s McKenna.
The pair shared a classic November 2018 bout in Glasgow which resulted in a McKenna points decision and all eyes will be on the draw ahead of the quarter-finals at York Hall on November 22.
Benson said: “I saw the Ohara Davies say in an interview that I beat McKenna and I shared it. Everyone in boxing knows I beat McKenna and everyone knows that if we fight again, I’ll beat him again.
“It wouldn’t bother me whether I beat him on points or knock him out. I know he won’t pick me if he has the chance to because he knows what happens and he knows it will happen again if we fight.
“McKenna doesn’t want to speak about me because he knows what happened that night. There was only one person celebrating afterwards and he was trying to stop me from rubbing it in because I’d smashed him that night.
“If the rematch happens, I would do the exact same to him. He’s said I’m beneath him in the past but I’m beneath nobody in this entire tournament and I know for a fact that I’ll beat McKenna if we meet again.”
Joining Benson, McKenna and Davies in the race for the life-changing contract are Zhankosh Turarov, Mohamed Mimoune, Anthony Yigit, Darren Surtees and Logan Yoon.
Ohara Davies insists Tyrone McKenna has no chance to win
Ohara Davies believes Tyrone McKenna has taken his title… as the most disliked fighter in the #GoldenContract tournament.
Ohara Davies insists rival Tyrone McKenna has no chance to win. London’s Davies (19-2, 14 KOs) is hoping to end up fighting Belfast’s McKenna (19-1-1, 6 KOs) in the quarter-finals that take place at York Hall on November 22 – live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank.
‘Two Tanks’ Davies, who clashed with McKenna at the featherweight curtain-raiser at the start of October, believes his rival’s bad blood with another Golden Contract entrant Lewis Benson shows his popularity is at rock bottom.
Davies said: “I remember watching Benson fight McKenna last year and I couldn’t believe the judges gave McKenna the win. They obviously weren’t seeing what me and everyone else was seeing.
“Benson wants to get his own back on McKenna and I believe if they fight again, Benson will knock McKenna out. If I get the opportunity to pick McKenna first, Benson will have to pick someone else. If I get the ball I want, I’ll be choosing Tyrone McKenna.
“The fact myself and Benson are ready to pick McKenna shows that he’s the most disliked person in the tournament. It’s normally me who’s the most disliked but I’m happy to give him the title.
“McKenna is clearly the weakest link in this whole thing. People know that he’s going to get knocked out in his quarter-final so I don’t think it’ll be just me and Benson targeting him. I think everyone will want to pick McKenna because he’s clearly the easiest opponent.”
Davies was last seen in July when he outpointed former long-reigning world champion Miguel Vazquez.
The all-important draw for the #GoldenContract competition, which includes Davies’ bitter rival Tyrone McKenna alongside the likes of Zhankosh Turarov, Darren Surtees, Lewis Benson, Anthony Yigit, Logan Yoon and Mohamed Mimoune, takes place next Tuesday.
The quarter-finals take place for the tournament at the home of British boxing, York Hall, on November 22 – live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom Boxing and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank.