The insults are flying at Ohara Davies ahead of the #GoldenContract semi-finals but the Londoner insists his bubble of calm won’t be burst.
Potential final four foe Tyrone McKenna continued his verbal assaults on Davies yesterday after the pair were involved in a physical altercation while crowd members at the same venue back in October.
‘Two Tanks’ has since claimed he has seen the light and shelved his famous antagonism, shrugging off McKenna’s latest tirade.
Hackney's Davies said: “My new coach Angel Fernandez wants me to be myself and I’m not arrogant any more. I have been humble for a while now. I know a lot of fans are waiting for me to revert back to my old ways but I won’t.
“Everyone saw at the quarter-final press conference that I said I was going to be humble from now on and I’m sticking to that. Nothing and nobody can drag me down.
“After that presser, I was in the lift and I actually held the door open for Tyrone McKenna. We had a little chat on the way downstairs and before his fight that weekend, I wished him good luck.
“I definitely wouldn’t say we’re mates but I’d say we are quite similar in some ways. He knows how to play pantomime and he’s a good talker. He’s got a good following now and that’s come more from his talk and personality than his fights.
“I don’t really have anything bad to say to him. Nothing he says has an effect on me. I can’t be swayed. If I have my mind set on something, I do it. Nothing these men say can draw me out. I wait until fight night to shut them up.
“If McKenna gets in my face again, it won’t mean anything. We know what happened when he did that before I was humble O.D. I respect McKenna as a man and as a fighter.”
The all-important #GoldenContract semi-final draws – for both super-lightweight and featherweight – take place on February 18 ahead of a bumper night of bouts broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom Boxing and on ESPN+ in the US in association with Top Rank.