Highly-ranked super-lightweight Ohara Davies is relishing his long-awaited return to the ring at Leeds’ Elland Road on May 19.
Hackney’s Davies (16-1-KO13) has not fought since last September and having changed trainer, management and promoter in the interim, he’s confident of heralding the dawn of a new era with a vicious knockout win.
Davies, 26, said: “This all spells pure danger for whoever steps in the ring with me on May 19. They’re in for it.
“I can see the progress I’ve made in sparring. I’m sparring some of the same people I did under my old team but I’m sparring them with so much more ease now. I’ve improved loads.
“It means a lot for me to be back. I’ve been itching to fight. I had to have some time out adjusting to my new team but I know I’m in the best place with Frank Warren and MTK Global.
“They’re letting me be myself. I only engage in the occasional bit of verbal warfare now – before I was going way over the top because my team were telling me to put on an act. Now I just speak my mind and I’m at ease because I’m being myself.”
Also on the undercard of the Lee Selby v Josh Warrington show in Leeds is Davies’ MTK Global stable-mate Jack Catterall (20-0-KO11), who along with Belfast’s Tyrone McKenna (16-0-1-KO6) has been tipped as a future opponent.
Davies said: “I haven’t engaged with either of them. If Frank wants to make it happen, I don’t mind knocking them out but they’re looking up at me and I’m looking up at title-holders.
“Terry Flanagan v Maurice Hooker is a fight I’ll be keeping an eye on. I want to fight for world titles. Josh Leather has the European belt too and he’s another opponent I’m looking at.”
Ohara Davies makes his long-awaited return to the ring when he takes on Frenchman Christopher Sebire over ten rounds at Elland Road on May 19th.
Davies, 25, has won 16 of his 17 professional contest and will be aiming to fight his way into World Title contention after a frustrating few months. The talented Londoner has been out of the ring since his explosive sixth-round stoppage victory over Tom Farell in September.
A former English Lightweight Champion, Davies has also claimed WBC Silver and WBA International Super-Lightweight titles, and is determined to get his promising career back on track with a solid performance on the undercard of the blockbuster IBF Featherweight World Title showdown between Lee Selby and Leeds hero Josh Warrington.
“I’m itching to get back in the ring and do what I do best,” said Davies. “My last fight seems a long time ago and I’m excited to start entertaining the fans again. Selby v Warrington is a huge event and I’m grateful to my team for getting me on there.
“There’s some massive fights out there for me in the Super-Lightweight division. I’m fully focused on becoming a World Champion and that opportunity could come sooner than expected if Terry Flanagan beats Maurice Hooker for the WBO belt in Manchester on June 9th.”
Elsewhere on a huge evening of boxing in Leeds, double Olympic Champion Nicola Adams OBE fights for the fourth time as a professional as she continues to work towards a World Title shot and undefeated Super-Welterweight rivals Darren Tetley and Mason Cartwright clash for the Vacant WBO European title.
Further exciting undercard additions will be announced soon.
General admission tickets for Selby v Warrington are available from just £40 per person.
Tickets are available to purchase online via the club’s official website www.leedsunited.com and via the Leeds United Ticket Office on 0371 334 1992