By Lewis Stephens @lewstephens95
The career of Ohara Davies has never been short of action, and on June 28 at the historic York Hall in London, ‘Two Tanks’ will look to propel himself back into the world rankings in an intriguing contest.
Super-lightweight Ohara Davies (18-2) will take on former lightweight world champion Miguel Vazquez (41-7) live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.
It will be the first time we’ve seen the Hackney man since his points defeat to fellow super-lightweight contender Jack Catterall back in October of last year. Mexican Vasquez, 32, who held the IBF world lightweight title for four years spanning from 2010-2014 will be looking to cause the upset to reignite his career following a brief spell at welterweight that ended in a miserable stoppage loss to South African Thulani Mbenge.
Also featuring on the undercard will be Ryan Walsh and Lewis Paulin’s clash for the British featherweight title as well as undefeated lightweight Chantelle Cameron’s WBC final eliminator against Anisha Basheel.
A win could put Davies, 27, back into the mix for a world title shot, whereas defeat really would leave the Londoner with a lot of questions to answer regarding the future of his career.
Where I truly belong
Davies has been in a typically confident mood ahead of his clash against the 48-fight veteran:
“Some people said I should fight a journeyman and ease myself back into things, but I know what I can do.”
Vasquez should pose Davies a lot of questions, ‘El Títere’ has shared the ring with a host of world champions, present and former. He made his debut back in January 2006 losing a split decision to current middleweight king Canelo Álvarez, before facing the likes of Timothy Bradley, Breidis Prescott and more recently fellow former foe of Ohara Davies, IBF super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor.
In the past we’ve seen Davies on occasions struggle against opponents who have been able to withstand the power of his shots. With Vasquez only being stopped twice in his long career, once to Josh Taylor, who also stopped Davies, it offers up the question as to whether this could be a tough night for Two Tanks.
However, following his defeat to Catterall, Davies seems to be confident he’s identified the mistakes made in that fight and how to rectify them for this encounter:
“I know what mistakes I made against Catterall and now I’m going to capitalise. I’ve had a quiet few months since then, but I’ve been training every day, so I’ll be the best me when I get in there.”
In the build-up to this fight we haven’t seen as much of the controversial antics on social media that have become so recognised throughout his career, and this could show a change in mentality from Davies and an understanding of the severity of this clash.
Davies has produced a number of highlight-reel knockouts during his career, but for this clash against Vasquez he may want to take a look back at his destructive win over the now-retired Derry Matthews in 2017.
The Mexican’s chin has always stood up well and he’s an extremely crafty operator with bags of experience, but it’s been the body shots that have done the damage recently in his losses to Josh Taylor and Thulani Mbenge.
Although when thinking of Davies you don’t normally associate his body work as his most prolific asset, this was what ultimately led to the explosive knockout win over Matthews. And looking at the fight on paper, this looks to be the most likely route for Davies to secure a win over the seemingly ageing Vasquez.
With Davies’ raw power you can never bet against an early KO but you would expect Vasquez’s years of experience to rule out an early finish. However, with the Mexican seemingly entering the twilight years of his career and following his recent disappointing loss to Thulani Mbenge it seems as though ‘Father Time’ may have claimed another victim.
It’s a huge night for the career of Ohara Davies and he will enter this fight as favourite, but don’t be surprised to see ‘El Títere’ make Two Tanks work for the win at York Hall.