Shane McGuigan slams Sky starlet Ohara Davies

Carl Frampton isn’t the only McGuigan’s Gym fighter in action in Las Vegas this week.

‘The Jackal’s’ Scottish stablemate Josh Taylor [7(7)-0] also appears on the bill at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with the Commonwealth light welterweight champion taking on Alfonso Olvera over ten rounds.

While Olvera recently held Mayweather Promotions boxer Sanjarbek Rakhmanov to a draw, he isn’t expected to provide much resistance to The Tartan Tornado

One fight many want to see is a battle of the up-and-comers with Matchroom’s Ohara Davies, who has been involved in online back-and-forths with both Taylor and his trainer Shane McGuigan.

The Battersea-based coach is more than open to putting Taylor in with the Londoner, and indeed warns that it could be a case of now or never.

McGuigan told Sky Sports that “we would 100 per cent take that fight now, it’s one of those domestic scraps that can be made at British level or do you wait to get it on for world honours?”

“I have full confidence that Taylor will get to the world stage, so it may be a missed opportunity if we don’t fight Davies now.”

“George Groves and James DeGale fought at British and now they are at world level and could compete again, but I don’t think Ohara will get there.”

McGuigan outlined how “he [Davies] has amazing attributes, his toughness, long arms and is a hard puncher, but his feet are terrible and he would get easily outboxed by someone with the pedigree of Taylor.”

“I don’t think Ohara Davies will ever make it to world level or materialise to anything.”

Joe O'Neill

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