According to sources, Ohara Davies is now a Frank Warren fighter. Less than two weeks after Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing seemed to cut ties following ‘that tweet’, Davies has found himself a new home, a new promotor and quite possibly, a new outlook on boxing.
No stranger to controversy, Davies’ comments to rival Tommy Coyle over Twitter regarding ‘The Sun’ sparked outrage amongst Scousers, fans, boxing and perhaps most importantly, employer Eddie Hearn. With many taking offence to the tweet, it was a only a matter of days before the die was cast and Davies was strung out to dry.
FightTalk’s own Craig Scott delivered his own levelled analysis of the saga, debating whether the severity of the comments warranted the reaction of the public. Was O.D mislead? Was he badly managed? Was he simply ignorant? Either way, the series of events resulted in Davies’ slated Fevruary 3rd bout scrapped and left the 16-1 man searching for a new employer.
Cue Frank Warren. The original opportunistic business extraordinaire.
The Queensbury head honcho has spent the last 12 months making big moves in the boxing game. Rebuilding a stable of top level fighters to showcase on the newly agreed BoxNation/BT deal, Davies fits the mould perfectly. A personality, good pals with golden goose Anthony Yarde, and an entertaining fighting style make O.D perfect for a partnership with Warren. Not too mention how much Warren enjoys getting one up on old foe, Eddie Hearn.
In terms of training regime, the former Repton standout amateur has gone back to the old school and firmly back to the roots. A change of scenery may not have been requested by the 140lbs contender, but it will definitely be welcomed. A new home at West Ham has provided shelter for Davies in recent weeks. Modest, undiscriminating and calming, the legendary club has been confirmed as the new playground of Ohara Davies.
So when can we expect to see O.D again?
The recently announced ‘Untouchables’ card featuring the ever growing familiar trio of Bradley Skeete, Anthony Yarde and Daniel Dubois has been met with mixed reviews. With all men being fed questionable opposition once again, perhaps the introduction of the lively Ohara Davies could add some flavour to an otherwise drab 10th February show.
The lights and glamour of a grand unveiling on the undercard of Carl Frampton vs Nonito Donaire pose a tempting possibility, and the option to rebuild the Ohara Davies brand in front of a new Irish audience.
Whatever way you spin it, it cannot be denied… This has been a stroke of business genius from Warren. I am sure that there have been conversations regarding how Davies conducts himself in the future and I am sure that Frank would not condone past behaviour and actions. However, the rough and the smooth of it is… Frank Warren has signed a top quality fighter, for probably a fraction of the price. I have a feeling we have only scratched the surface of the Ohara Davies saga, and I for one will be watching his movements with a baited breath.
By Tom Humber