June 4, 2017
June 4, 2017
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OHARA DAVIES will discover to his cost that Josh Taylor has got all the tools when they clash at Braehead Arena on July 8, according to the Scot’s trainer Shane McGuigan.

Both boxers are unbeaten with Taylor, 26, the Commonwealth super lightweight champion and Hackney fighter Davies the WBC silver title holder.

However, McGuigan believes the 25-year-old Englishman, who has 12 knockouts in 15 wins, will be out of his depth against Taylor, who boasts eight wins inside the distance in nine bouts since turning professional in 2015, after winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal the previous year.


He told Press Association Sport: “Josh is becoming a really complete fighter.

“When he turned professional and started working with me we had a long run-in towards his debut.

“We worked a lot on his punching power, setting himself a little bit more and he is so accurate, heavy-handed and quick that he blitzes these guys.

“We also worked a lot on his strength and overall performance, slowing him down so he is not rushing his work because he is so used to the amateur system.

Scotland's Josh Taylor receives his gold medal during the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Scotland’s Josh Taylor receives his gold medal during the 2014 Commonwealth Games (Peter Byrne/PA)

“I really feel he is a complete fighter. Every fight is a gamble but the ball is in our court. Josh is fighting at home, he has way more experience in the boxing ring and all the skill-set lies in his favour.

“The only thing that Ohara Davies has is a puncher’s chance. He is not going to nick rounds off Josh, or out-box him.”

McGuigan believes next month’s encounter will increase Taylor’s profile, taking him another step towards what he hopes will be the world stage.

He said: “For sure, definitely. It is one of those fights. If you look at George Groves when he fought James DeGale in the early stage of his career, it elevated him to another level.

Shane McGuigan has high hopes for Josh Taylor
Shane McGuigan has high hopes for Josh Taylor (Simon Cooper/PA)

“He became a headline act almost after that and I feel this will be the same with Josh due to the fact that it is going to be on terrestrial television and will be viewed by millions and hopefully in a sold-out arena.

“That is what we want. This is where stars are made.

“This kid [Davies] is cashing out. In the negotiations all he wanted was the biggest cheque. That’s all he cared about.

“Josh said he didn’t care what he got – don’t get me wrong, he is getting well paid – but he just wants to make sure that he wins, goes on to another level and gets that bit closer to a world title because that’s his dream.”