Ohara Davies’ two losses have come against southpaws Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall.
The brash British junior welterweight promised Tuesday that he won’t lose to another left-handed opponent in his next fight. London’s Davis (21-2, 16 KOs) is scheduled to battle Belfast’s Tyrone McKenna (21-1-1, 6 KOs) in a 10-round fight Wednesday night at Sky Sports’ Studios.
“I’m ready to shut everyone up, to prove everyone wrong,” Davies told Sky Sports following their weigh-in Tuesday. “I’m a lot better than the fans think I am. People see me as a loudmouth guy on social media who talks trash and calls out other boxers. People seem to forget I can fight.
“Once you get in there with me and you think, ‘I thought it would be easier to hit him,’ then my right hand hits you. That’s what McKenna will experience – it will be a really hard experience. When I’m in this shape, I’m unbeatable, unstoppable. I’m a king.”
Davies and McKenna will meet in the 140-pound final of The Golden Contract tournament.
Sky Sports will televise the card headlined by Davies-McKenna in the United Kingdom (7 p.m. BT). ESPN+ will stream it live in the United States (2 p.m. ET; 11 a.m. PT).
The 30-year-old McKenna has won five consecutive fights since England’s Catterall (25-0, 13 KOs) dealt him his lone loss – a unanimous decision in their 10-rounder in June 2018. McKenna defeated France’s Mohamed Mimoune (22-4, 3 KOs) by 10-round unanimous decision in The Golden Contract semifinals February 21 at York Hall in London.
The 28-year-old Davis extended his winning streak to three when he stopped London’s Jeff Ofori (10-3-1, 3 KOs) in the sixth round of their semifinal on the same card as McKenna-Mimoune.
“It’s been four long years that I’ve been calling [Davies] out and he’s been calling me a bum,” McKenna said. “I’ve offered him three or four fights, but finally he is backed into a corner. I hope he brings his A game because I don’t want to hear excuses after. I’ll beat the best Ohara. … Pressure and pace will win me this fight. He can’t have prepared for my style. I’m a 6-feet-1 southpaw and he will find it hard and high-paced. In the later rounds, I will stop him.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.