Shane McGuigan has sown the seeds for a future domestic bout between Josh Taylor and Ohara Davies, after claiming Davies will never “materialise to anything”.
Unbeaten Commonwealth gold medallist Taylor will have his eighth professional fight this coming Saturday, on the same bill as Carl Frampton’s rematch with Leo Santa Cruz. McGuigan certainly has high hopes for the 22-year-old Scottish star, with talk of him stepping up to world level.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the trainer said:
“I don’t think Ohara Davies will ever make it to world level or materialise to anything.
“He has amazing attributes, his toughness, long arms and is a hard puncher, but his feet are terrible and he would get easily outboxed by someone with the pedigree of [Josh] Taylor.
“We would 100 per cent take that fight now, it’s one of those domestic scraps that can be made at British level or do you wait to get it on for world honours.
“George Groves and James DeGale fought at British and now they are at world level and could compete again, but I don’t think Ohara will get there.
“I have full confidence that Taylor will get to the world stage, so it may be a missed opportunity if we don’t fight Davies now.”
Londoner Davies, unbeaten as a pro after fourteen fights, responded on Twitter by telling McGuigan he would have to wait his turn.
— Ohara Davies (@OharaDavies) 23 January 2017
McGuigan’s comments have obviously been playing on the mind of Davies, as he followed up the first tweet with another a few hours later. In the second, he added an image of the IBF ranking list, in which the 24-year-old is ranked inside the top ten.
Shane Mcguigan….did u check the IBF Rankings before u said I will never make it to world level? where is Josh Taylor ranked? ? LOL pic.twitter.com/wcPbbuSPQr
— Ohara Davies (@OharaDavies) January 23, 2017
There has been no reply to Davies’ comments from either McGuigan or Taylor at this time, but the war of words between the camps is likely to continue.
Obviously, both fighters need to get through their next matches before talk of a bout between the two can continue. Taylor will need to dispose of Alfonso Olvera in Las Vegas, whilst Davies faces a tough test against the experienced Derry Mathews in March.
If everything goes to plan, British boxing fans may get to witness another heated domestic bout in the near future.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena