Opinion | Jul 07 2017

Josh Taylor and Ohara Davies prove the future of UK boxing looks bright

Josh Taylor and Ohara Davies are leading by example
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Josh Taylor  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

THIS weekend, we will see the best battle of UK prospects since George Groves outpointed James DeGale in their 2011 grudge match when Josh Taylor defends his Commonwealth super-lightweight title against Ohara Davies in Braehead, Scotland.

Taylor, 9-0 (8), and Davies, 15-0 (12), have long been mentioned in the same breath by fans and media alike but few expected them to meet so early in their respective careers.

Despite their relative inexperience in the pro ranks, there’s an enormous amount at stake beside Taylor’s belt and Davies’ WBC ranking. What could have easily been a straight-nosed 50-50 fight between two highly-touted and popular fighters has developed into a captivating rivalry of opposing characters.