Davies lets rip at Tay­lor and Mcguigan as he un­leashes vol­ley of abuse ahead of dust-up

The Scotsman - - Sport - By NEIL MCGLADE

Ohara Davies couldn’t re­sist the op­por­tu­nity to fire off a cheap shot at box­ing leg­end and for­mer WBA feath­er­weight cham­pion Barry Mcguigan ahead of to­mor­row night’s su­per light­weight clash with Josh Tay­lor.

The un­de­feated Lon­doner caused quite a stir at yes­ter­day’s fi­nal press con­fer­ence by la­belling the Scot and the rest of his Cy­clone Pro­mo­tions team “bums”.

Tay­lor, the Ed­in­burgh fighter and Com­mon­wealth su­per light­weight cham­pion, was snapped up by Cy­clone di­rec­tor Mcguigan in the sum­mer of 2015 and is trained by Mcguigan’s youngest son, Shane, in a sta­ble that also in­cludes for­mer two-weight world cham­pion Carl Framp­ton.

To­mor­row night’s bout at Glas­gow’s Brae­head Arena, which is be­ing shown live on Chan­nel 5, has al­ready been ear­marked as one of the UK’S most in­trigu­ing match-ups this year.

Davies’ hard-talk­ing out­side of the ring has too of­ten over­shad­owed the ca­reer of a boxer who, Mcguigan be­lieves, to be among the best in the world.

“This is some­one I re­ally want to shut up. I want to shut his mouth and his coach’s mouth. I think he’s a bum and I think the whole of Cy­clone Pro­mo­tions are bums,” Davies ex­plained. “Tay­lor’s been talk­ing loads even be­fore I fought Derry Matthews in March and people were saying ‘you need to fight this guy so here I am’.

“I’m not afraid to fight any­one. I’ve got a fighter’s mind­set. Noth­ing is 100 per cent as I could lose this fight and so could he. But there’s never been a camp like this one I’ve been on. But that bell is not go­ing past round six. What you don’t un­der­stand is I can’t be im­i­tated. Ev­ery­thing Josh has worked on in the gym and the people he’s been spar­ring, he’ll soon re­alise I am a com­pletely dif­fer­ent fighter when he gets in there.”

The Hack­ney-based ath­lete’s per­son­al­ity is in­fec­tious but not in a good way. Yes­ter­day’s press con­fer­ence was open to the pub­lic, with some tak­ing up the op­por­tu­nity to probe the English­man on his no-non­sense ap­proach. How­ever, Davies lost all cred­i­bil­ity when he be­gan to un­der­mine those in at­ten­dance by bragging about the fee he is set to earn which is re­ported to be in the re­gion of £100,000.

“Box­ing is about be­ing free, be­ing your­self and en­ter­tain­ing,” he said. “I don’t turn up with a script or a pen or pad so I don’t know what I’m go­ing to say. I’m freestyle. No­body tells me how to talk so I’ll do what I want to do. As long as I fight and I win, I get to en­joy all the free­doms of life that all you lot don’t. You’re lucky I came here [to the press con­fer­ence]. I wasn’t go­ing to turn up but I thought I’d come and talk a bit of trash, en­ter­tain people. When he [Josh] talks people are not en­ter­tained. But when I come I bring some­thing new.” 0 Ohara Davies: Bragged that he is set to earn £100,000.

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