Ohara Davies: I Didn't Quit With Josh Taylor, I Couldn't Breathe

This past weekend in Glasgow, Ohara Davies (15-1, 12 KOs) suffered his first career defeat when he was stopped in the seventh round in a high stakes fight with rising junior welterweight star Josh Taylor of Scotland.

Davies was down twice in the fight before the contest was waved off in the seventh round.

It was an unexpected outcome, as many saw the contest as a 50-50 encounter and some were even picking the talkative Davies to win.


A few days later, some experts are now wondering if Davies made a mistake by taking a fight like this so soon in his career and traveling over to the opponent's backyard.

Davies, who prior to the fight had labeled Taylor as 'a bum,' has no regrets.

"If I could turn time back, I would still take that fight over and over again," Davies told Sky Sports. "No matter how many times I get offered a fight like that, I will always say yes.

"My dream hasn't gone. I've still got a goal, I've still got ambition. We've still got big fights there ahead. But I don't regret anything that I've done, because everything that I've done makes me the man I am now. I'm a better man now than I was five or six years ago. You've got to take the bitter with the sweet. Not everything in life can go how I want it to go. It's just life."

Davies also denied any and all claims that he quit in the contest. After Davies was dropped hard in the seventh, Taylor quickly moved in for the kill - and then Davies turned his back, which gave a sure signal that he was done - and also prompted the referee to quickly jump in to protect him from further harm.

"People think that I just didn't want to fight, that I lost heart, and I quit," said Davies. "What happened was, I took a shot and then all of a sudden I couldn't breathe. Not through one of my nostrils, but through both of them. I literally couldn't breathe, so that is why it happened. I was getting beat anyway, so I'm not going to use that as an excuse either. I'm going to take this loss as a man."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by shawn4943 on 07-13-2017

[QUOTE=CANELO12;17850690]Granted his towel beat him to it but no doubt he would've bowed out. He quit with Spence. End of. If u can still fight and choose not to then u quit, that's the definition surely. Anyway, I've no doubt…

Comment by CANELO12 on 07-12-2017

[QUOTE=shawn4943;17848095]How did Kell Brook "bottle" it with GGG? His corner threw in the towel. He also had a broken orbital bone. I'm not much for quitters either, but that's not quitting. He broke his other orbital bone in the Spence…

Comment by kavi521 on 07-11-2017

Well Davies was actually saying before the fight that if the fight was not over by the 6th rounds, he would walk. I'm guessing he miscounted the rounds. He did warn everyone before hand.

Comment by Sparked_26 on 07-11-2017

[QUOTE=kafkod;17847650]Exactly. The idea that it's not acceptable for a boxer to tell his corner, or the ref, when he knows he can't win and the fight is over [B]as a fight[/B], is what leads to guys ending up like Mago…

Comment by alexguiness on 07-11-2017

[QUOTE=BodiesInFlight;17847673]When you talk as much crap as Davies did and then turn your back during the fight i think you have to expect some level of criticism and questioning of your character.[/QUOTE] Exactly, in the final analysis you are judged…

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