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Hackney fighter faces biggest test of his career in Glasgow

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 September 2016

Ohara Davies after his victory against Prince Ofotsu at the Copper Box Arena earlier this year. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

Ohara Davies after his victory against Prince Ofotsu at the Copper Box Arena earlier this year. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

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Unbeaten Homerton boxer Ohara Davies faces the toughest test of his career to date when he takes on Willie Limond in Glasgow next month.

The 24-year-old, who has won all 12 of his professional bouts. faces Limond on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ WBA world super-lightweight title defence against Kiryl Relikh at the SSE Hydro on October 7.

And Davies’ promoter, Eddie Hearn, has admitted that his boxer will need to be at his best to get the better of the Scottish veteran on his home turf.

He said: “This is a huge step up for Ohara and a real 50-50 fight.

“Willie is looking to bounce back after losing his last fight and Ohara hasn’t operated anywhere near this level to date.

“The card is shaping up nicely for a huge night in Glasgow.”

Davies landed the English belt in April with a knockout against Andy Keates at the O2 Arena and the talented youngster, known as ‘Two Tanks’, made it 10 KOs from a dozen pro outings in June after easing past Zoltan Szabo at York Hall.

Davies faces a real step-up in class on his first trip north of the border, though, as he meets the decorated champion Limond, with the popular Glasgow man entering the ring for the 45th time as a professional and 15th in a title clash.

The 37-year-old put in a spirited challenge for the British super-lightweight title against Tyrone Nurse at the SSE Arena in May and will provide Davies with his sternest test yet, having shared the ring with world champions such as Amir Khan, Anthony Crolla and Alex Arthur.

Davies’ clash with Limond is part of a huge night of action in Glasgow as three-weight world champion Burns defends his WBA title against Relikh.

Lion ABC have declined to join the newly-formed Amateur Boxing Alliance of England and will remain members of England Boxing instead.

The Hoxton club’s chairman Alan Parry told the Gazette: “We want to give our boxers the chance to compete in national tournaments and events, which we do under the current set-up.”

Lion have set a target date of November to return to their revamped Pitfield Street headquarters, and hope to stage their first show of next season in January 2017.

Meanwhile, the club have signed up reigning National Association of Boys & Girls Clubs (NABGC) champion Will Coakley, who has made the switch from Gator ABC.

Lion’s Ryan Bond has been entered into the London Development Championships, with the weigh-in due to take place at All Stars ABC, Paddington, on Saturday September 17. The London semi-finals will be held the following day at York Hall.

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