It’s rare to see two undefeated prospects putting their records on the line at a premature stage of their respective careers, I suppose social networking site Twitter did have a hand in making the fight between two of Britains best, but I also reserve a tip of the hat in the direction of Cyclone Promotions and the Eddie Hearn fronted Matchroom Promotions for making it possible.
The fight brought similarities of George Groves Vs. James DeGale, both men guided by a genuine dislike for the other, needing the other to put an early name on the resume, that accolade fell to Scotland’s Josh Taylor (10-0, 9 KOs) who crowned himself the WBC Silver champion with a brilliant display, stopping the much touted Ohara Davies (15-1, 12 KOs) in the seventh round at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena.
Davies used the range well at the start of the contest, looking to use his reach to keep the Scotsman at a distance, although it wasn’t long before Taylor showed us a glimpse of what was to follow with his quick hand speed finding it’s target culminating with a right hand that sent Davies to the canvas in the third.
The shot served as a wake-up call for the Essex man who responded well thereafter. a powerful right hand once more found his way through the defence of Davies in the fifth but Davies finished the round strongly.
Taylor seemed to be controlling the action but was guilty of taking too much of a breather in the sixth, allowing Davies to impose his offence, landing three right hands of his own to show he was still very much in the contest, a response was needed, that’s what the Glaswegian crowd got, Taylor rallying to quite nearly drop Davies again.
The stay of execution wasn’t to last long for the Englishman, Taylor turned up the pressure in the seventh which burst the pipes of Davies, dropping him to the canvas twice before referee Howard Foster stepped between the two fighters to bring a halt to proceedings at the two minutes and 24 seconds mark.
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