Ohara Davies claims to be in the process of shaping opponent Jack Catterall into a more successful fighter outside of the ring even if he plans to destroy his unbeaten record inside of it on Saturday.
Londoner Davies (18-1-KO14) and Catterall (22-0-KO12) clash at the Leicester Arena – live on BT Sport – and engaged in an entertaining round-the-table face-off ahead of the showdown.
Davies said: “Yes, Jack might work hard in the gym but boxing is about being entertaining outside the ring as well as inside the ring.
“Jack has been entertaining in the ring but when it comes to being outside the ring, he’s not entertaining one bit so I said my aim was to bring it out of him and I think I did that a tiny bit.
“That will help him go a long way in the sport of boxing. I think I’ve taught him something already and on Saturday, I’m going to teach him something else!
“I don’t hate anyone. It’s all love in my heart. At the same time, I’m quite a competitive person. I even trash-talk my friends on the running track. That competitiveness is good and healthy.
“We’re young and we’re men. Let’s compete. Catterall – let’s compete.
“I know this fight isn’t going to be easy. Catterall is a really good opponent and that’s what I haven’t overlooked him. I can’t afford to.
“I’ve kept my head down and been in the gym 24/7. You’re going to see the best Ohara Davies.”
Also on the bill on the night are Davies’ and Catterall’s MTK Global team-mate Archie Sharp, who challenges Leon Woodstock for the WBO European super-featherweight title and the unbeaten Raza Hamza.
Ohara Davies ‘Ready To Go To Hell’ Against Catterall
Ohara Davies has stated he is ‘ready to go to hell’ against Jack Catterall and followed up by questioning his opponent’s willingness to join him when the domestic rivals face each other in Leicester on October 6th.
Davies (18-1) posted on his Twitter account in response to Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren’s announcement of a multi-year broadcast partnership with ESPN and Top Rank Boxing this afternoon.
The tweet read: “You guys in America can watch me win on October 6th live on @espn – I will win this fight And I’m ready to go to Hell, though I don’t think Jack Catterall will take me there, we will all see. Great partnership and great for Boxing as a whole @frankwarren_tv.”
Verbal outbursts have been a regular feature coming from the Ohara Davies twitter account in the past, but the Hackney super-lightweight promised to keep things civil during the build up to his encounter against Chorley-fighter Catterall (22-0). Catterall on the other hand hasn’t been as lenient towards his compatriot, most recently labelling Davies a quitter.
The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
Jack Catterall on Ohara Davies- “He Quits”
JACK CATTERALL BELIEVES a blueprint has been established for defeating super lightweight rival Ohara Davies, with the pair set to meet in the ring on October 6 at the Leicester Arena, live and exclusive on BT Sport.
The Chorley southpaw, now working out of the North West base of new trainer Jamie Moore, has studied the highlight reel of Davies’ sole loss to Josh Taylor in July 2017, although it was not a fight he watched live as he was present on the same night at the Copper Box supporting his promotional stablemates.
Word quickly reached him that the unbeaten record of the then flamboyant Davies had gone up in smoke in Scotland via a seventh round stoppage and Catterall suspects his next opponent sought an exit from the fight when the going got tough.
However, the former British champion accepts that Davies poses a fairly unique puzzle for him to solve given the reach advantage he holds over most opponents.
“Listen, I respect him as a fighter,” insisted the 25-year-old in his latest Fighter Diary posted on www.frankwarren.com. “He can fight and he’s had a few alright wins although I don’t think he has beat anyone great.
“He’s been beat and we’ve seen the blueprint. He quits. He’s got long arms, I don’t believe he is the greatest boxer so we will just see on October 6 how I dismantle him.
“He is an unusual one to prepare for given his dimensions but one thing I do believe is my timing and distance is something that works for me. I’ve sparred Bradley Skeete and a lot of tall awkward fighters.
“I won’t have too much trouble preparing for Davies.”
Davies has vowed not to stoke the fires ahead of the fight with any provocation on social media, which Catterall says suits him just fine, but he will respond in kind if any pot-shots do end up being posted in his direction.
“There might or might not be a bit more spice in the build up to this fight, but I like to think to think I don’t get too involved in it all.
“I’ll definitely not be taken for an idiot. If you have got something to say, then say it and I will respond. I’m not out there to troll any fighter and talk nonsense to build a fight.
“Everyone is looking forward to this one, they know it is a good fight and I don’t believe there is any reason to talk trash. I am just excited to get the fight on.
“Hopefully this will be the final step for me towards challenging for a world title. I have defended the WBO Intercontinental so many times that I should have a ring for it by now!
“This should be a good fight to set me up for the next step and I won’t be running away from him – I am coming to beat him. I am sure he will be doing likewise because he needs a good win more than I do.”
‘The Time Is Now’ is headlined by Jack Catterall v Ohara Davies. Leicester’s own, Lyon Woodstock defends his WBO European Super-Featherweight title against Archie Sharp. Heavyweight prospect Daniel Dubois takes on former world title challenger Kevin Johnson. Olympian and double gold medallist Nicola Adams will be fighting Isabel Millan for the Interim WBO World Female Flyweight Title and Leicester’s British Super-Featherweight champion Sam Bowen also feature on a major night of boxing televised live on BT Sport.
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