Homerton-born boxer Ohara Davies said he enjoyed the hostile reception he received in Liverpool before his victory over Derry Mathews and that it is ‘partly the boxer’s job to build up the fight.’
Davies stopped veteran Mathews in the third round after an impressive performance on the undercard of David Haye vs Tony Bellew at the O2 Arena last Saturday, retaining his WBC super-lightweight silver belt in the process.
To get to the big Stage took Hardwork & Dedication, I will always remember this day and the wonderful Boxing Fans that were in attendance pic.twitter.com/M1qO36ehar
— Ohara Davies (@OharaDavies) March 14, 2017
Like the main event, the build-up to the fight was vitriolic, but Davies believes boxers should be partly responsible for promoting bouts.
“This is the entertainment industry. Everything from the press conferences to the ring walk, you have to entertain,” he said.
“I enjoyed the partisan crowd”
The build-up hit boiling point during a public press conference held in Mathews’s and Bellew’s home city of Liverpool in fight week, which saw Davies clash with a partisan crowd.
“Even though I got booed, I really enjoyed it,” said the unbeaten Davies. “I was on a big stage, everyone was there to come and listen to us talk. I’ve spent my whole boxing career listening to other people talk, but now I am on the big stage.”
— Ohara Davies (@OharaDavies) March 12, 2017
Davies now has the world at his feet after extending his unbeaten run to 15 and he agrees with his promoter, Eddie Hearn, that he is ready to bypass the domestic scene.
“I never came out of first gear, that shows I’m ready for world level. Derry never laid a glove on me, not one,” he said.
Despite targeting world level opposition, there are several domestic contenders lining up to fight Davies including the highly-rated Josh Taylor, and domestic stalwarts Tommy Coyle and Tyrone Nurse.
However, Davies refused to comment on who his next opponent will be. “It’s the last thing on my mind,” he said. “I get told who I’m going to fight next. It’s my manager’s job. I don’t sit in on meetings with my manager and [promoter] Eddie Hearn, even though I could. I believe I’m ready for anyone.’