Despite a British title being on the line on Friday night, most of the gossip going into the fight at York Hall is regarding Ohara Davies’ must win world title fight against former world champ Miguel Vasquez.
Making his return after nearly 9 months out of the ring, Davies is going into a seriously dangerous fight against a Mexican opponent since losing via a points decision against Jack Catterall.
Despite disputing the judges’ scorecards afterwards, Davies has been going under the radar for his standards, and to his credit going into a much bigger fight than he perhaps needs to after only twenty professional fights.
Vasquez, who has had more than double the amount of fights than Davies has boxed in four different countries in his last four fights, one of them being against Josh Taylor in Edinburgh back in November 2017.
Having had an interesting career so far, Vasquez who admittedly may be past his best but has fought some top class operators in his time including former world champ Mickey Bey & Denis Shafikov (who was 33-0 until coming up against Vasquez).
However, perhaps a standing out point of the Mexican’s career is his debut against current P4P star Canelo Alvarez. All the way back in 2006, the two Mexicans locked horns with Alvarez coming out on top all be it via a split decision over 4 rounds. Two and a half years later, the two met again in Canelo’s 21st professional fight.
Predictably the current middleweight world champion came out on top again, this time over 10 rounds.
With the potential of a big clash of styles on Friday night, Davies should be commended for coming up against a serious contender in a fight that he may have been advised not to take.
Ryan Walsh defends his British title for the third time against undefeated fighter Lewis Paulin.
British Featherweight Champion Ryan Walsh goes up against Scot Lewis Paulin on Saturday night after two tight-knit defences against Reece Belotti & Isaac Lowe respectively.
Facing the former Scottish Area Featherweight champ, Paulin who has mostly faced journeymen throughout his career, will be fighting at York Hall for the first time, having fought last month in Glasgow.
Walsh who has recently turned thirty-three, may have another crack at higher honours if he comes through fight night successfully. Having fought for the European title in 2016, Walsh lost out to Dennis Ceylan via a split decision in Ceylan’s home country of Denmark.
Siar Ozgul Handed Huge Opportunity to Impress Against Anthony Yigit
Recently losing out to Samuel Antwi in Southern Area Title action, Siar Ozgul returns to York Hall in action against highly rated fighter and world title challenfer Anthony Yigit.
The Swede who is known by many for suffering a horrific eye injury against Ivan Baranchyk last year, has been in action twice this year, both in 8 rounders.
Having previously gone the distance against Viktor Postol Ozgul has nothing to lose and everything to gain in a fight that could propel him back into title contention if he was to upset the odds.
Sam Gilley Faces Toughest Test of Career So Far Against the Tricky Jumanne Camero
Sam Gilley (8-0) comes up against the rangy Camero who has fought Louis Greene & Liam Wells in the last couple of months.
ESBR’s own Sean Bastow has written a preview article of this fight here