Davies determined to defeat Catterall in quest for shot world title

Ohara Davies (left) and Jack Catterall (right) will meet in the ring in Leicester on Saturday (pic:

Ohara Davies (left) and Jack Catterall (right) will meet in the ring in Leicester on Saturday (pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

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Homerton super lightweight Ohara Davies is back in action on Saturday when he faces Chorley rival Jack Catterall at the Leicester Arena.

The fight will be Davies’ third since joining the stable of promoter Frank Warren following his split from Matchroom.

Since turning professional in 2014, ‘Two Tanks’ has won 18 of his 19 fights, with 14 of those victories coming by way of knockout.

The 26-year-old’s sole defeat came against Josh Taylor in July 2017 when Davies was forced to retire in the seventh round because of breathing difficulties.

Davies turned professional off the back of an outstanding amateur career that saw him win all 19 of his bouts and claim a national title along the way.

Saturday’s fight will see the super lightweight return to the ring for the first time since beating Paul Kamanga at The O2 in June to win the WBC international title.

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Davies goes in search of another strap on Saturday as he challenges WBO inter-continental champion Catterall.

Known as ‘El Gato’ Catterall also claimed a national title during a stellar amateur career.

Davies has been working under new trainer Miguel Dapenticul alongside Barry Smith at the West Ham gym where he moved following his switch to Warren.

He has dropped the usual trash talk from his pre-fight routine, but insists he will upset the odds that make Catterall a slight favourite.

“I will dispose of him and move on to world level,” said Davies, fully aware a second defeat of his career would severely dent those world title ambitions.

Davies is not the only fighter with links to Hackney on the card with Lyon Woodstock, who has born in the borough, also in action.

Woodstock, who has won all 11 of his fights since turning professional in 2015, takes on fellow unbeaten super featherweight Archie Sharp on the bill which will be screened live by BT Sport.

*Former Lion ABC amateur Louis Isaacs will be looking for his third win in the paid ranks on a Goodwin bill at the Tottenham Green Baths on Saturday.

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