Josh Taylor vs Ohara Davies

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Josh Taylor vs Ohara Davies
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Date: 
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Location: 
Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
140
Titles at Stake: 
Commonwealth (British Empire) Welterweight Title and WBC Silver Light Welterweight Title
Referee: 
Howard John Foster

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In what was expected to be a 50/50 fight, Josh Taylor shocks the nation with a one sided beating which he inflicts upon Ohara Davies. Davies starts off focused, sharp, active, and in the first round, he seems quicker to the punch, but it is not long before technique sets in, and the defensive, movement, ring tools of Taylor make a difference, and a massive difference. Taylor gets stands toe to toe with Davies, out fighting him, bombarding him with lethal lefts to the body, out timing him, out hustling him, taking Ohara's big shots which he rarely lands cleanly, and in round 7, Taylor manages to beat an exhausted Davies into submission after dropping him for a second time.




Fan Cards: Josh Taylor vs Ohara Davies


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSH TAYLOR
9
10
10
10
10
10
59
OHARA DAVIES
10
9
8
9
9
9
54


scorecard by CAPMAN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSH TAYLOR
9
10
10
10
10
10
59
OHARA DAVIES
10
9
8
9
9
9
54


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSH TAYLOR
9
10
10
10
10
10
59
OHARA DAVIES
10
9
8
9
9
9
54


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSH TAYLOR
9
10
10
10
10
10
59
OHARA DAVIES
10
9
8
9
9
9
54


scorecard by BIGLEFTHOOK
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSH TAYLOR
10
10
10
10
10
10
60
OHARA DAVIES
9
9
8
9
9
9
53


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JOSH TAYLOR
10
10
10
10
10
10
60
OHARA DAVIES
9
9
8
9
9
9
53


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This should be a fun fight to watch, there is bad blood between Davies and Taylor, but I'm sure there is also a massive amount of respect there, hopefully we'll see that after the fight.

Josh Taylor is a very good fighter, I remember him from the London Olympics in 2012, I believe he lost in the second leg, but won to make the top 16, I believe 13-9, I might have gotten this wrong, but I think he lost 10-14 as his opponent boxed his way to the quarter finals. Taylor has made a great start to his professional career, with Shane McGuigan as his trainer, he is doing very well in the sport, and has impressed everybody so far, and also won British and Commonwealth titles. I think for Josh Taylor, this fight is a good opportunity for him to become more well known as a professional, because it can be these bitter grudge matches that people all around the world particularly like to watch. Taylor does have a lot to prove, he's 9-0, he's inexperienced as a professional, he'll know that, but it is important that fighters pick up the experience, put the rounds in the bank, as a big puncher, that can be difficult, I think Taylor's title victories were good experience, as was his 5 round stoppage over Dave Ryan.

I hate Ohara Davies, nah he's okay, haha. Davies is a character, he can be disrespectful, unlikeable, with the intention of playing the bad guy, I've seen him shout abuse at fans, get into a confrontation with Floyd Mayweather, and bully a couple of other boxers. I think Ohara Davies showed us what bxoing is all about after he beat Derry Matthews, that was great sportsmanship, and I think that is great for boxing, it takes away most of the negativity from trash talk, and at the same time, it makes the positives of a grudge between two opponents before they fight, a more positive thing for the sport, which is good, I think good sportsmanship after a fight is better for fans to see if they had dislike towards each other before the fight. Davies is a very good fighter, there's no doubt about that, he's a good, solid all round boxer, he's got a great set of skills, he's done everything right so far, I think, I have only seen his fights against Scarpa and Matthews, but in both, he looked good, especially against Matthews, he made that an absolute mismatch, it was a declined Matthews, but it was still a great performance from Davies. There are still questions about Davies, how good is his chin?, it is one thing to look great at this level, but will he improve and bring this ability up to the higher class?, in weight, and calibre, of course, only time will tell, time, and fights, and I think for Davies, at this stage of his career, a fight against bitter rival, heavy handed, unbeaten Olympian Josh Taylor, is the perfect match up for him, a great way for him to answer those questions at least to some degree.

This is a 50/50 fight, and it is not easy to predict, two unbeaten records, one guy, maybe the heavier handed, the other, maybe faster and more technical, one guy, with the much better amateur experience, the other having had more professional fights, having boxed a lot more rounds. I think Ohara Davies will win this fight, I think it will be close, I think it will be competitive, I think it will gruelling, I think the guys will give it everything they have, but I think Davies will have the edge. I think Taylor will start this fight extremely well, I think he'll drop Davies early, I think with Davies's style, the way he comes forward, the way he uses his footwork, I think he is the kind of opponent who you shouldn't let find a rhythm, who you need to catch, and hurt, early, and McGuigan, I think will set up a great game plan to deal with Davies. I think if Taylor catches him with the right hand on the button, he'll go down, I think round one, but I think he'll get up, take punishment, but recover, dig deep, get through it, and I think he'll find himself on a winning streak during the mid rounds, as he out boxes Taylor, who finds himself walking onto counters, but I think the fight will stay competitive, I certainly don't think Ohara will completely take over, although I think he will be too skilled for a lot of the time in the fight, and after 9 or 10 rounds, I think he'll be a long way in front. I think when they are both fatuigued in the last couple of rounds, Taylor will rally, come on strong, knowing he's behind, I think he'll take risks, walk through a more tired Davies's punches, land more himself, land better himself, I think he'll get the better of Davies in the championship rounds, give him a torrid time, but I don't think he'll be able to put a teak tough Davies on the canvas again, and he'll win the last couple of rounds, impress in doing it, but he won't put enough points in the bank. I think Ohara Davies will win a UD (115-112, 114-113, 114-113), claiming by far the best victory of his career, leaving rival Josh Taylor gutted, but having learned, and improved from the great, close fight, I think Davis will win 7-8 rounds, in pretty much all opinions, winning the fight narrowly, but decisively.

I think there is a lot of pressure on Josh Taylor to win this fight, he needs a big win to elevate his career, build his resumé, and in this rivalry, of course, he's talking the talk, can he walk the walk? I think before the fight, the pressure on Taylor to get nothing less than a win against Davies, and that is the way to think, but after the fight, having made it a close fight, having impressed everyone with his performance, finishing the fight well, putting the winner on the floor, having learned and improved from the fight, it will only help his career, and only last long as experience. If the fight is as competitive as I think it will be, then a rematch might be a strong possibility, the division, at this level, is great, these guys, Leather, Nurse, Catterall, there are a lot of options out there after this fight for both Davies and Taylor no matter who wins, and I think after this fight, even if he loses as I think he will, there are a lot of opportunities for a more experienced Josh Taylor to make a statement un the future, and still compete, and maybe even win, at as high a level as his fans and supporters believe he can. It is never wise to write off an Olympian.

There is a similar amount of pressure on Davies to win this fight as there is on Taylor to win, having also talked, also needing to make a statement to prove himself at the level a win in this fight would take him to, he made a statement against Matthews, but Taylor is I think more talented, younger, and not past his prime as Matthews was, that isn't taking anything away from Davies, it was a very good victory, but nevertheless, it was easier than it should have been through no fault of his, but not entirely through his skill or power either, but this is a real test, nobody wil, be able to take this victory away from him, assuming he wins, which he might not, I wouldn't be shocked if he lost, not at all, but I'm 60% sure he's going to win this one. Like Taylor, win or lose, there are many options out there for Davies, in a great division for the UK, there are a lot of great potential match ups which Davies could be involved in. I do think this win will take Davies's career up a notch, he might want to do the admirable thing, and give Taylor the rematch, even though he may get an opportunity which is higher reward, lower risk, he might want to do what some may argue is the more intelligent thing, and fight for higher title again, well aim to, I think he should defend the titles he has first, but whichever route he takes, whichever fights he takes next, I definitely think, after this fight, he will become more well known, and he will set up big fights, eventually, we will see him in world title fights, hopefully, can he win a world title?, he think he can. If Davis loses this fight, I think it would be equally devastating as it would be for Taylor, but at the same time, in the long run, it would be equally good for him as a boxer, and still be great experience for him. I don't see this as a must win for Davies, but as an unbeaten fighter with skills and power, he will think of losing as not being an option, that is a good mindset to have going into a fight like this. I think this fight will do Davies's reputation a lot of good, I think he will show a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, and come away with a hard fought victory.

rorschach's picture

Wow, what a tremendous write up Champ! unfortunately I know so little about these two (except the great detail you just went into) to give my own take on this fight. I know I'm really looking forward to this one now, and hope Taylor can pull off a win. There is one British level fighter that I really like that see see quiet a bit from on Twitter, and that's Bradley Skeete. He has a fight coming up as well that I don't want to miss!

Champion97's picture

Cheers, he might be able to, got a great trainer, can punch, great amateur experience, much better than Davies in that regard, but I just Davies will to be too skilful. Yeah I've always liked Bradley, he's a very good fighter, he should get past Evans, I'll add Zou Shiming's next fight, and then I'll add Skeete vs Evans.

rorschach's picture

Hey Champ could you tell me what time this and Skeete's fight cards start UK time so I can find what time that is my time?

Champion97's picture

This should be fun, let's see, well it should start around 9:00 I would say because it is not the main event, maybe 8:00, I believe in Illinois, you are 8 hours behind us, so, should be on around midday.

rorschach's picture

Taylor is murdering Davies body, there is nothing left in his shots!

And he makes Davies quit, what a masterclass by Taylor a star is born big fucking time! Pardon my language but I'mm excited that was one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen by a young prospect many picked to be knocked out in this fight. Davies is so awkward and his skill is barely above club level, Taylor seemed to hurt him with virtually every shot he landed. He killed his body, and even Taylor's jab was buckling Davies knees when he threw that stiff one.

Champion97's picture

It's very sad when I fighter, well I don't want to say 'quit' personally, but well, didn't really continue or fight for his chances in the fight, I think it is sad when that happens because in this sport, respect all around, as long as you try your best, and as you know, in a tiugh sport like this, forget, try your best until it realy starts to hurt and it's not nice, it means fight until your body won't let you anymore.

Footwork, accuracy, defence from Taylor was exceptional, I think once Davies realised that, and also that Taylor wasn't tiring, he just swung wildly, what else could he have done?, I mean maybe he could tried sort of rope a dop tactics, but I don't think he has the ring IQ for that, I noticed as well Davies was missing so much more often than Taylor, and loading up on every shot, and that's just being made to beat yourself when you miss like that, and that many times, plus the body work was brutal from Taylor, to his credit, Davies did very well to withstand that, but those left uppercuts, man, deadly.

Who said the 140 lb division was dead?, well, me, haha, Crawford, Indongo, Prograis, Catterall, Taylor, good division, one thing I noticed is how much bigger Taylor seemed than Davies, so maybe soon he'll move up to 147, a few years diwn the line, imagine seeing him in the ring with Thurman, Spence.

rorschach's picture

Taylor has tremendous power when he sits down on his punches and fights like that, a sure fire future champion. I see big big things for this kid in the future, what a masterful performance his skill level made Davies look like a novice in comparison.

Champion97's picture

Incredible, my prediction was a joke.

Davies can beat Taylor you not that far off this one of those kind of fights where the loser would win the rematch if he gets one. All the other money would be on the Taylor again but stick with your original pick for the match up Davies Win,Lose Or Draw is gonna comeback more motivated in the rematch.

Ohara Davies is still a prospect.

This fight has rematch written all over it.

For Ohara Davies moments show a fighter how much do they really Love Boxing can you let your passion for the sport grow on a personal leval.

I can see from my Boxing eye Ohara Davies needs to up his passion for Boxing on a personal level not just inside the ring but mostly outside the ring his personal passion for Boxing is off Taylor has more passion for Boxing at the moment. Ohara Davies needs to learn more about the sport detailed study like I did & do with Boxing Knowledge I can tell Davies needs to create a relationship with Boxing.

After Boxing training Davies just has night life on his mind he needs to get with the program of Boxing #1 if you Won you can celebrate.

Ohara Davies looks at Mayweather as a role model but at the stage he at Mayweather didn't party as much as he does now Boxing was the main thing after you move up and become a multi time champion you can amuse yourself socially.