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Two Hackney boxers set for MTK Golden Contract semi-final clash

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 February 2020 | UPDATED: 15:51 18 February 2020

Hackney super-lightweight Ohara Davies (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

Hackney super-lightweight Ohara Davies (pic: Nick Potts/PA)

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The super-lightweight semi-final of the MTK Golden Contract Tournament takes place on Friday, with two Hackney boxers involved.

Ohara Davies and Jeff Ofori, both from Hackney, will face off against each other after Davies picked out the golden ball enabling him to choose who he faced.

The competition takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, with the winner of the competition claiming a two-year, five-fight deal with six-figure purses for each bout.

Speaking about his decision, Davies said: "Everyone has talked about me and Tyrone, but there isn't any beef.

"Boxing is fun and we talk trash but Ofori is the one I picked.

"Hopefully McKenna can win his fight and then we can make a great final as I would like to meet him in the final.

"The first time I saw Ofori was at the last show. He had a great fight and he's a natural lightweight, so making weight for him is no issue.

"I've had to get my head down in the gym and with grit, blood sweat and tears, I've got to make 10st but it will be easier making weight for him.

"I don't overlook anybody. Hopefully this will be a a great semi-final and I can get through to the final."

Ofori said: "I'm fully prepared. I knew whoever got the Golden Ball would pick me, so it's no problem. I'm ready to go."

Elsewhere, Stoke Newington welterweight Larry Ekundayo dominated his fight with Sheffield's Nathan Hardy as he won all six rounds at York Hall on Saturday by a score of 60 to 54.

Also on the bill was super-bantamweight Frank Arnold who kept his unbeaten record against Johnson Tellez.

Despite being knocked down in the second round, he came back to knock his opponent down in the fourth and fifth as he won by 58 to 56.

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