Hackney fighter set for tough test against French opponent

Ohara Davies (left) in action against Andy Harris at the O2 Arena. Pic: Chris Royle/TGSPHOTO

Ohara Davies (left) in action against Andy Harris at the O2 Arena. Pic: Chris Royle/TGSPHOTO - Credit: Chris Royle/TGSPHOTO

Homerton lightweight Ohara Davies faces his toughest challenge yet at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

The 23-year-old nicknamed ‘Two Tanks’ puts his perfect seven wins from seven fights record on the line against Frenchman Dame Seck on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s battle with Gary Cornish for the British Commonwealth heavyweight crown.

Davies turned pro last year after an unblemished 18-fight career at amateur level that included winning the Class A novice light-welterweight crown.

He demolished Lithuanian Simas Volosinas inside two rounds on his last visit to the ring in May, but Seck could be made of sterner stuff.

The Frenchman’s 9-9-2 record may not look much at first glance, but he has never been stopped and his only other trip to these shores saw him take highly-rated Welshman Craig Edwards all the way to a close decision over eight rounds at the Liverpool Olympia.

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Edwards has since gone on to lose on points to Scott Cardle in a British title fight, so the form line looks interesting.

Seck is in form too, coming of off an eighth-round knock-out win back in his homeland just three weeks ago.

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Davies isn’t the only Repton boxing club fighter on the bill, with Hackney featherweight Lucien Reid looking to follow up his victory over Elemir Rafael on his professional debut at the end of May.

A former winner of the elite bantamweight title at amateur level, the 21-year-old has been boxing since his father took him to Repton aged 11 so he could learn to defend himself.

His fourth round knockout of Slovakian Rafael shows he can punch a bit too but, like Davies, there will be tougher assignments ahead.

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