The Golden Contract super-lightweight win goes to OD as Ohara Davies vs Tyrone McKenna proves a cagey affair
Many expected fireworks as bitter rivals Ohara Davies and Tyrone McKenna crossed swords in the MTK Golden Contract super-lightweight tournament final in Wakefield. What viewers on Sky Sports (no fans watching live of course) got instead was a cagey, tactical affair won by ’OD’ via majority decision.
I had McKenna in the lead by six rounds to four (96-94) at the close of 10 rounds, but could not argue with the verdict going the other way. The contest’s referee doubled as a judge and tallied 95-95 but his two colleagues, scoring from outside the ring, both had it 96-94 to the Essex-based Londoner.
Rangy Davies landed the heavier, more telling shots throughout but his workrate was often negligible, especially in the first half. For long periods, he appeared content to methodically follow McKenna around the ring, sporadically flicking out his jab and attempting to line up that well-documented fearsome right hand. His Belfast rival, at 6ft 1in exceptionally tall for the division, moved laterally, firing off fast combinations, landing at a low percentage but still seemingly outworking his rival.
The pattern began to change in the middle rounds, Davies closing the gap quicker as McKenna tired, increasing his urgency further after Tyrone was cut on the eye in the sixth session. Davies now pressed forward, forcing McKenna into mistakes and countering. OD’s jab became more prominent and McKenna could never be sure he was out of range. The Ulsterman clearly took the final round but it proved insufficient, although the future could yet be bright for both men.
In other Golden Contract news, Germany’s Serge Michel booked his place opposite Ricardo Bolotniks in the light-heavyweight final after stopping a game but outgunned Liam Conroy, from Barrow in Furness, in four rounds. Michel, far more imposing physically, started patiently as Conroy established his jab but broke through with a knockdown at the end of round three. Conroy was dropped twice more in the next before it was rightly waved off.