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Darragh Foley targets “conman” Ohara Davies following Chris Jenkins draw

Darragh Foley‘s big arrival didn’t exactly go to plan but the Blanchardstown light welter certainly made an impression this weekend in Scotland.

The Sydney-based, Boston-trained Dubliner fought on this side of the world for the first time on Friday night, taking on Chris Jenkins in the headline fight of a BoxNation card at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

An accidental headclash and cut to Jenkins saw the fight stopped after three and a technical draw ruled but the charismatic Foley [15(8)-2(0)-1] caught attention with his words before and afterwards.

The ambitious and charismatic 29-year-old is targeting the winner of the big BT Sport fight between Ohara Davies and Jack Catterall in Leicester in October and isn’t letting Friday night’s result stop him.

‘Super Foley’ had some choice words for the controversial Davies and he said that “I want the winner of Davies-Catterall next, even the loser – if that schmuck Ohara Davies loses.”

“I just don’t like him, I don’t like him, he’s a conman,” explained Foley drawing attention to the Londoner’s humbling at the gloves of Josh Taylor last Summer.

“He’s not a true warrior. Why did he quit in that last fight? Because of a nosebleed? A nosebleed!”

“Put that into perspective, he [Jenkins] wanted to carry on and his eye is half-split open. He [Davies] quit because he had a bit of blood running out of his nose, took his money and ran.”

“That’s not a fighter, that’s a conman, I’d love to fight him, I’d love to fight him.”

Unlike with Davies, Foley was keen to pay tribute to Prizefighter champion Jenkins whom he seemed to share a good rapport with

“There’s nothing to be sorry about,” he continued.

“He got cut, what can you do? He wanted to fight, his corner stopped it.”

“It would have been tasty but this is boxing, cuts happen. I was meant to fight Willie Limond, he pulled out with an injury and he [Jenkins] is after getting another one now.”

“He’s a warrior and I knew going into this that it probably would have went deep. Even in them first three rounds he was taking big shots but he’s a warrior and it would have went deep and it would have been an even better fight.”

Foley feels that the fight was warming up well and is keen to do it again – although not immediately.

The well-travelled Irishman noted that “I know he did his homework because he was trying to bait me into a fight and usually I would go but I thought ‘nah, nah, stick to the gameplan’.”

“In the third round I though ‘y’know what? Fuck it, let’s have a bit of Super out’ and it was getting tasty then.”

“Of course we can get it on down the line, he deserves another crack after a bad ending like that, hopefully he can get another few wins and then who knows.”

“It’s boxing, anything could happen.”


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie