Feature | Jul 24 2017

‘Josh Taylor would have knocked out Ohara Davies very badly’

In an exclusive interview with John Dennen Barry McGuigan discusses Josh Taylor and his outstanding performance
Ohara Davies
Ohara Davies comes up short aganst Josh Taylor Action Images/Craig Brough

MANAGER Barry McGuigan can sit back satisfied after Josh Taylor’s impressive victory over Ohara Davies.

“I was nervous because Ohara can bang, no question,” McGuigan told Boxing News.

“He’s got a mentality where he beats guys up, he slows the pace down. People are frightened and intimidated. Apparently he’s knocking everybody out in the gym, bashing people up and all of that sort of stuff. But looking at him strategically Shane [McGuigan, Taylor’s trainer] did a phenomenal job, he just knew what he was doing. [Davies] has got these long levers which are great but everybody has their weaknesses. His weakness was he can punch at long distance and middle distance, but he’s actually not very good at close range. And that’s where Taylor is phenomenal. He can hit you from six inches, he can create space, hit you and knock you out, he’s got speed and snap.”