Tyrone McKenna [19(6)-1(0)-1] didn’t wait too long to launch a vicious riposte in the direction of GoldenContract rival Ohara Davies [19(14)-2(1)].
‘The Mighty Celt’ was branded “the weakest link in the tournament” by London’s Davies earlier this week.
‘Two Tanks’ went as far as to claim the Belfast fighter was also the most disliked fighter in the unique format, before revealing he will look to pick McKenna as his quarter final opponent should the opportunity fall into his lap during the unique draw.
The Irish southpaw didn’t wait long to send a response the way of his regular verbal sparring partner.
Three weeks out from a potential November 22, York Hall, quarterfinal meeting, McKenna labelled Davies an ’embarrassment’.
He handed him back the worst in the tournament mantra and claimed the outspoken English fighter’s career has been over since he was stopped by Josh Taylor in Scotland back in 2017.
“Ohara Davies is simply an embarrassment. He still seems desperate for people to like him but he’s been a walking disaster for ages now.
“Davies’ career ended back when he fought Josh Taylor. He got smashed up and then he bored everyone to death but doing nothing against Jack Catterall. Then he tried to redeem himself against an old Miguel Vazquez and had to rob him.
“Technically, he’s still an absolute novice and whoever gets him has a very easy route to the semi-finals. I hope it’s me. Let’s also hope he doesn’t have to pop to Spain when the going gets tough.”
“These days, Ohara Davies is a nobody and whoever picks him is going to beat him. He’s the worst fighter in the competition.”
McKenna also responded to suggestions he was disliked by stressing he has be inundated with ‘punch his head in’ requests from people who don’t like the British fighter.
“He was saying I was more unpopular than him but I’ve never had as many requests in my life than I’ve had recently in people asking me to punch his head in and end his career on November 22. That’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Also competing in the hotly-anticipated super-lightweight competition are Zhankosh Turarov, Mohamed Mimoune, Anthony Yigit, Darren Surtees, Lewis Benson and Logan Yoon.
The draw will take place on Tuesday, November 19.