Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis is less than a week away from his showdown with former super middleweight champion Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell, which headlines a FOX televised card on Saturday, February 27, from Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles.
The WBC has sanctioned the fight as a world title eliminator.
Coincidentally, WBC champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez will also see action on the same night, when he faces mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Davis has been training hard for the last few months and working with respected coach, Stephen 'Breadman' Edwards.
“I’m feeling confident. I’ve been training since August, just trying to stay active because of the pandemic. I’m just walking into my moment and my destiny. I’ve learned a lot under Stephen 'Breadman' Edwards. He’s been a role model and a great teacher," Davis said.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve been boxing since I was eight-years old. I’ve had trials and tribulations, just working hard and staying focused no matter what happened in my life. I feel like this is my moment. I’ve always dreamed of this kind of opportunity. I’m confident and I believe I’m going to be victorious.
“This is an ultimate challenge. Dirrell is a two-time world champion, he has a lot of pedigree, a lot of experience. But every dog has its day and I plan on capturing my moment. I’m not worried about what he has done. What he has done makes this moment bigger and I’m just thankful for this opportunity."
Being a two-time champion, Dirrell is the obvious favorite on the paper.
Davis is motivated to shock a lot of observers on fight night.
Dirrell has been out of the ring since September of 2019, when he was stopped in nine rounds by David Benavidez.
Davis, on the other hand, saw action last January when he picked up a TKO win in four rounds.
“I can’t say the game plan but I’m bringing tenacity. It’s going to be a great fight. I think he’s going to bring it. I think he knows what this means. I feel my edge is youth and I feel I’m going to be the better man that night," Davis said.
“I’m a lot bigger than people think that I am or expect me to be. I think people are going to be surprised when they see me in the ring, the way I look. My sparring partners are bigger but I always spar with bigger guys. I’m eating a little bit more and I feel comfortable. It’s a weight class jump but it’s nothing crazy. I feel like I’m going to be in good shape.
“David Benavidez is a good fighter and he was coming in against Dirrell with the momentum. I feel like Dirrell couldn’t handle what Benavidez was bringing to him. I think he fought well. I don’t know if the eye had something to do with it, I don’t know if he could see or what. I just think Benavidez looked like the hungrier fighter."