GOLDEN CONTRACT SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT PREVIEW



MTK Global's Golden Contract Tournament has already surpassed the expectations of most and Friday promises to once again light up The York Hall with drama and suspense as fight fans prepare for the Semi-Final stage of the competition.


Car park scuffles, warring rivals at weigh-ins and curveballs of the golden variety are just some of the incidents that have helped capture the fans' imagination and created continuity in the competition that other formats have struggled to replicate.


Here's a look at the semi-final fights and the four super lightweight contenders' prospective chances of winning the competition.


Ohara Davies v Jeffrey Ofori



'Humble' Ohara Davies as he now prefers to be referred to, has had plenty of ups and downs during the tournament, but remains-as he has since the start-one of the favourites to secure the Golden Contract. However, as impressive as his display in the quarter-final was, he is occasionally guilty of being a slow starter who takes his time to warm to the task. Once he started to land his right hand against Logan Yoon in his first bout, the success enabled him to grow in confidence, he was simply too big for Yoon that evening.


His confidence has been slightly called into question as a consequence of not choosing to fight Tyrone McKenna in the semi's, despite indicating that he would do just that given the opportunity. He was granted the choice of facing any of the remaining three fighters, by virtue of the fact that he picked a golden ball. Some will call it astute, some will view it as 'ducking'.


Davies is not renowned for throwing lot's of combinations in a fight and will be wary of becoming too reliant on his big backhand shot, a trait that was evident during his fight with Jack Catterall. A fight that he was too 'gun-shy' and way too reluctant to let his hands go enough.


You would imagine that Jeffrey Ofori will look to try to set a reasonable pace early to test that theory.

Ofori-by his own admission-is more of a pressure fighter and will attempt to take the fight to Davies more and make him work hard to keep him off.


Underdog Ofori has beaten the odds throughout the process, fighting twice in a week after a last-minute invite to the competition is testament to his work ethic and desire.


He is a tough competitor and won't be overawed, he also won't be afraid to weave his way inside the guard of Davies to unleash strong hooks as he did against quarter-final opponent Kieran Gething.


He may be lighter than his fellow competitors come fight night as super lightweight is more of a natural weight for him and it has to be said that Davies is probably favoured to win a points decision but a surprise Ofori victory should not be discounted.


Tyrone McKenna v Mohamed Mimoune



Tyrone McKenna has been involved in most conversations surrounding the tournament, whether that's through his ongoing spat with Ohara Davies, his tattoo exploits with fellow Golden Contract fighter and long term friend Tyrone McCullagh or his clinical performance against Mikey Sakyi in the first installment of the competition. It's the latter of the three that will have given him (and no doubt his new coach Peter Taylor) the most satisfaction.


McKenna is known for being embroiled in wars and tear-ups, but standing at 6ft 1 and possessing the boxing skills that he does, his aim will be to utilise those obvious attributes, a ploy that coach Taylor has been keen to reiterate.


McKenna's performance against Sakyi was largely faultless, taking no risks, meaning it difficult for his opponents to glean anything meaningful from it. It was in stark contrast to the performance of Mohamed Mimoune, who found himself on the canvas in round one against north-east operator Darren Surtees. Surtees dropped Mimoune who seemed to have switched off momentarily, something he won't be afforded the luxury of during his semi-final.


It did, however, prompt a lively response from the tournament favourite who roared back gallantly, eventually stopping a brave Surtees in round five.


If Mimoune's early lapse perhaps showed his fragility in concentration, then his reaction showed his spirit, fight and ability to come back fiercely.


Mimoune is considered the class of the field, a slick fighter with plenty of pedigree having held the European welterweight title and the winner of this semi-final will be allocated the WBC silver super lightweight title and could be the fight of the night.


Mimoune, as described is favourite for the bout and the competition outright but McKenna is a man that relishes the big occasion and will command respect. Big support is expected for the Irishman.

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