Hackney-born Ohara Davies let his boxing do the talking as a third-round stoppage secured his victory over veteran Liverpudlian Derry Mathews on Saturday 4 March.
The pair exchanged verbal blows in the lead up to the super-lightweight bout, and had to be physically separated during the week leading up to the fight, but it was 25-year-old Davies who remained composed to secure a third-round technical knockout and retain his WBC silver title.
Davies was far more agile and incisive, and displayed his class with an impressive flurry of combinations and counter-punching in the third round to extend his unbeaten streak to 15 in front of a sell-out crowd at London’s O2 arena.
— Ohara Davies (@OharaDavies) March 5, 2017
In a cagey opening round, Davies set the tone, showcasing superior speed and establishing his jab early on, clipping the 33-year-old Merseysider.
“Two Tanks” Davies utilised his fierce jab from his unorthodox stance in the second round. He cut off the ring and stalked his opponent who looked lethargic and offered little in terms of response.
After struggling in the first two rounds, Mathews took a more aggressive approach in the third, but Davies exploited his recklessness and broke through with a right hand which saw Mathews wobbling worryingly backwards towards the ropes.
— World Boxing News (@WorldBoxingNews) February 10, 2017
Mathews took a knee to stall the onslaught and valiantly tried to complete the round but, smelling blood, Davies unleashed a barrage of unanswered hooks forcing referee Victor Laughlin to step in and stop the bout with seconds of the round remaining, ending Mathews’ chances in the process.
After the venomous build-up, Davies looked serene and commanding against a seasoned campaigner and is surely ready to bypass the domestic scene and look for world level opposition.
— Ohara Davies (@OharaDavies) March 4, 2017
Speaking to Sky Sports Box Office after the fight, Davies said: “I’ve done a lot of trash talk to build this fight up. I’ve got nothing against Derry Mathews, I actually look up to him. He’s been in boxing for years and years and he’s won titles I can only dream of. I respect him a lot and I hope there’s not any bad feelings from him to me. All the trash talking was to build up the fight and that’s boxing.”
“I definitely think I am misunderstood. [Trash talking] is what it’s about, this is the entertainment industry.”
Davies’ promoter Eddie Hearn said: “Davies is nightmare for anyone to fight. He’s come from nothing and now he’s grinding his way up to world titles.”
(Top image credit: Ohara Davies/Facebook)