Ohara Davies vs Miguel Vazquez: All the details you need to know
Ohara Davies will always be in big, intriguing fights. He can say outlandish things and lose the most important bouts but, like a lower-level Adrien Broner, he will get opportunities due to his extrovert character, potent power and willingness to take risks. The Hackney super-lightweight, 18-2 (14), has only met four opponents with losing records and has faced four unbeaten adversaries. After losing a decision to Jack Catterall, soon to challenge for the WBO belt, in October, Davies gets Mexican veteran and former IBF lightweight king Miguel Vazquez, 41-7 (15).
Vazquez has lost two of his last four, but against unbeaten duo Thulani Mbenge and new IBF title-holder Josh Taylor – the latter also stopped Davies – but travels here off a good win, taking an away verdict over Canada-based Ghislain Maduma in Montreal. He has been active and is a wily, slippery pro boasting a three-inch advantage in height, though Davies has disproportionately long arms. It’s a very good fight.
The bout takes place on Friday, June 28.
York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.
10 three-minute rounds.
Live coverage is on IFL TV in the UK, and ESPN+ in the US.
A quality line-up. 10-0 lightweight Chantelle Cameron gets a golden opportunity to become mandatory for the Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon undisputed clash on June 1, when she meets Anisha Basheel in a WBC final eliminator. Don’t be fooled by Basheel’s 8-5 record, the lady from Malawi lost her first five pro fights but has won the last eight inside schedule and, in June, destroyed the talented Sam Smith, in just 68 seconds for the vacant Commonwealth title.
Ryan Walsh defends his British featherweight crown against promising 12-0 Scottish ruler Lewis Paulin. Veteran switch-hitter Walsh already owns a Lonsdale Belt outright but must not take his eye of the ball against the Edinburgh southpaw.
Feel for the admittedly plucky Siar Ozgul, who has lost three of his last four and was given a going over by world-class Viktor Postol in November. He gets another top fighter here, former unbeaten European champ Anthony Yigit, whose only defeat was to Ivan Baranchyk in a world title fight when the Swede suffered a gruesome eye injury.