Unbeaten Homerton fighter sparkles at O2 Arena show

Ohara Davies (right) vs Andy Harris. Pic: Chris Royle/TGSPHOTO

Ohara Davies (right) vs Andy Harris. Pic: Chris Royle/TGSPHOTO - Credit: Chris Royle/TGSPHOTO

Homerton’s Ohara Davies, who has never been beaten either as an amateur or a professional, impressed at the 02 Arena, nearly stopping Gloucester’s Andy Harris inside the first round.

Davies came out throwing left jabs and right hooks and kept the fight at a distance so Harris was unable to get close enough to try and slow down the punches being thrown.

The Hackney lightweight landed a right hook to his opponent’s head and Harris hit the floor for a count of eight, but he did well to recover and see out the opening round.

In the second round Davies closed down the distance between them and started landing some powerful punches as he backed Harris up on the ropes and, after taking too many head shots, referee Marcus McDonnell stepped in and ended the bout 37 seconds into the round.

Davies told the Gazette: “The sparring I have been getting at the Matchroom gym is second to none.

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“I had some great workouts with people like Martin J Ward who was at Repton with me as an amateur.

“I will be back in the gym straight away.”

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Trainer Tony Sims was pleased with Davies’ second round victory and believes his fighter has a bright future ahead of him.

Sims said: “He is always ready to learn. He’s still raw and at 22 years of age he is an exciting talent.”

At York Hall, Larry Ekundayo won his first belt, the British Masters international title with a points win over Bulgaria’s Stanislav Nenkov.

The unbeaten welterweight was on the front foot from the start and, after landing a few right hooks to Nenkov’s head and body, the Bulgarian remained on the back foot for the remainder of the 10 round fight.

Referee Clarke Joslyn gave all 10 rounds to Ekundayo, who won the fight by 100 points to 90.

Stoke Newington’s Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng beat William Warburton, who was coming off a surprise win over Islington’s Georgie Kean, by 40 points to 37.

It was Ochieng’s first fight since collapsing in the ring at the end of a win during over Paddy Gallagher in the Prizefighter competition at York Hall in April.

Ochieng said; “Everything is ok now. I have been training well in the gym and my health is good. This fight was a good workout for me.”

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