Ohara Davies is proud to have battled through broken ribs to outpoint former world champion Miguel Vazquez on Friday’s #MTKFightNight at York Hall.
The Londoner (19-2, 14 KOs) issued a defiant message to his critics after earning a 97-94 decision over Vazquez (41-8, 15 KOs) in front of the ESPN+ and iFL TV cameras and hopes to be back in the ring as quickly as possible.
Davies: “Since that fight with Josh Taylor, people have said I’m a quitter. The ribs were broken in the third round and I kept telling myself: ‘Do not prove those people right. Prove them wrong.’
“The pain was pretty severe and it got worse and worse as the fight went on. Vazquez knew that and he was targeting the area. He kept on going downstairs to try and get me out of there but he couldn’t.
“When the scores were first read out I thought Vazquez should have won but having watched it back, I was landing the cleaner shots. He was busier but I was landing more cleanly.
“It was one of those fights that could have gone either way. Thankfully, this time it went my way and now we move on to bigger and better things.
“On paper, it’s my best win because he’s still only 32 and has ruled the world. In some ways, it was my worst win because it wasn’t the most exciting performance.
“I don’t want a long break like I’ve just had before I fight again. I’ll be back in the gym as quickly as I can and as soon as the rib is healed, I’ll be pushing for another fight.”
The #MTKFightNight series continues with a double-header this week with shows in Bolton (Friday) and the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan (Saturday).
Friday’s show in Bolton can be watched live on iFL TV and stars the likes of former British light-heavyweight king Hosea Burton and undefeated stars such as Ross Cooksey, Lisa Whiteside and more, while the historic bill in Kazakh will also be screened around the world on ESPN+ and is topped by welterweight sensation Zhankosh Turarov vs. Mauro Godoy – plus a world title fight in Nordine Oubaali vs. Arthur Villanueva and more.