GUEST ARTICLE: Big Fight Preview – Taylor v Davies

By Paul Mason (@KOBoxingSets)

Boxing fans are spoiled for choice this Saturday, as two highly touted prospects refreshingly face off against one another at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow when “The Tartan Tornado” Josh Taylor (9-0, KO8) makes the second defence of his Commonwealth Super Lightweight crown against the brash Londoner, and fellow undefeated prospect, O’Hara Davies (15-0, KO12).


The bout is televised terrestrially on Channel 5, after Eddie Hearn accepted a substantial offer from the nights promotors, Cyclone, for his fighter Davies to travel to Scotland.


A 2014, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Josh Taylor turned professional in 2015, after a decent amateur career. He has impressed so far in his fledgling career, making his debut, and getting global exposure, on Carl Frampton’s undercard against Alejandro Gonzales in July 2015, stopping Archie Weah in two rounds in El Paso, Texas. Five fights later, he appeared on the big Frampton v Santa Cruz bill at the Barclays Center in New York, forcing Evincii Dixon to retire after two rounds. Taylor returned to the UK to challenge for the vacant Commonwealth Title against Derby’s Dave Ryan. Taylor impressed, stopping Ryan in five rounds to pick up his first professional title. In his only bout to go the distance, Taylor boxed on the Frampton v Santa Cruz rematch bill in Las Vegas, beating Mexico’s Alfonso Olvera unanimously over eight rounds. In Josh’s last outing, he stopped the South African Warren Joubert in six.


O’Hara Davies is the current WBC Silver Champion at Super Lightweight. He turned pro at the York Hall in April 2014 in a four round points win over the Latvian Ivans Levickis. After eight straight wins over various European trial horses, Davies impressively beat Birmingham’s Chris Truman, forcing him to retire at the end of two rounds. Prince Ofotsu was next, at the Copper Box, Davies stopped the Ghanaian in three rounds. After three more stoppage wins, Davies was taken the championship distance by the Italian Andrea Scarpa, with Davies winning widely on the cards. His last fight was on the big Haye v Bellew bill at the 02 Arena. He took out Liverpool’s Derry Mathews after a spicy build up in three rounds, this wasn’t a prime Mathews any longer, but still a good name on Davies record.


This is a tough fight to call, given their relative novice experience, but this is what makes the fight so intriguing. Two young hungry fighters, much in the mould of James DeGale v George Groves back in 2011, where two fighters meet each other on the way up, with the loser certainly not left with nowhere to go, as was the case where both went on to become World Champions. Although Davies has the twelve round experience, I feel he is slightly greener than Taylor, who has looked very impressive thus far and has bags of amateur experience. Barry Mcguigan and his team have put a lot of money up to stage this fight, so they must be confident of a win here. My pick is for Taylor to triumph via the tightest of margins on the cards, but I am expecting a great fight for the fans.


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