Boxing Preview – Taylor v Davies

Commonwealth super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor (9-0 KO8) will meet with WBC Silver titleholder Ohara Davies (15-0-KO12) this weekend at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on a Cyclone Promotions show, live on Channel 5.

I would say kudos to both fighters for agreeing to meet so early on in their respective careers but, to be fair, this is what should happen in boxing.

Same goes for when a champion agrees to fight the no.1 contender; everyone says credit where it’s due for fighting the best, but, again, it’s simply what should happen.

However, I’m very pleased to see this match-up and wish there was a fight like this between two top prospects every weekend.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold medalist puts his unbeaten record and Commonwealth belt on the line against the former English champion from Hackney, also undefeated.

‘Two Tanks’ has the upper hand in experience in the paid ranks but ‘The Tartan Tornado’ has been at the top of the world in an amazing amateur career that has seen him collect Silver and Gold in two consecutive Commonwealth Games.

Davies, 25, defeated Italy’s Andrea Scarpa over 12 rounds at Wembley last November to win the WBC Silver strap and in March took just three rounds to dispose of veteran Derry Mathews, again in London.

Taylor, 26, won his Commonwealth honours by defeating Dave ‘Rocky’ Ryan with a fifth-round stoppage last October in his hometown of Edinburgh.

Someone’s ‘0’ has got to go in this intriguing match-up between a top-class amateur and a naturally heavy-handed pro.

Power can win a fight at any given moment so an OD KO is well worth a bet; what round is anyone’s guess as, if it was to happen, it’d likely come from out of nowhere.

I personally think that Taylor will win this on points as I will always favour the technical boxer over the puncher.

I would go as far to say that Taylor wins well by unanimous decision and will look to be a class above OD.

It’s hard to call but, before any punches are thrown, I favour Taylor as a much better boxer than Davies.

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