Ohara Davies is famous for a powerful right hand and has revealed new trainer Angel Fernandez is unlocking its full potential.
London’s ‘Two Tanks’ is already into the semi-finals of the #GoldenContract and has joined forces with Spain’s Fernandez, who recently helped Anthony Joshua regain the WBA Super, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles.
As he prepares to take the next step at the ork Hall on February 21 against one of Tyrone McKenna, Mohamed Mimoune and Jeff Ofori in the final four, Davies is delighted with his rapid progress.
Davies said: “I remember the first week of working with Angel. It was a shock to the system. There was so much footwork and movement involved.
“We trained at Repton and I sparred on the first day, which was a Monday. It wasn’t good. I wasn’t happy. Then we trained the whole week and I sparred again on the Friday. I’d improved but I still wasn’t happy. Then I sparred the following Monday and it was great. It’s been getting better ever since.
“There has been a lot of new information to take in. I was used to a certain style of coaching but now I’m with Angel, he’s just completely different. There’s a lot more twisting and turning, slips and pulls. I’m learning so many new movements.
“Angel is making me a more attacking fighter. With these guys who are left in the tournament, I’m working specifically for each of their styles. We’re working on game plans. We have to learn more about them than just their records. Look at Mimoune – his record doesn’t have many knockouts but he looked like he could really punch when he stopped Darren Surtees.
“I’m learning lots and I’m learning fast. I thought one day I might be a coach before I met Angel. Now I’m not so sure – these top coaches are on another level of understanding. It’s amazing.”
The all-important #GoldenContract semi-final draw takes place on February 18.
The hugely successful tournament will return to London’s iconic York Hall on February 21 to stage the final fours of the two divisions – live on Sky Sports in the UK in association with Matchroom Boxing and on ESPN+ in the US in association with ESPN+.
With the featherweights including Ryan Walsh, Leigh Wood, Tyrone McCullagh and Jazza Dickens and the super-lightweight hopefuls whittled down to Ohara Davies, Tyrone McKenna, Mohamed Mimoune and Jeff Ofori, expectations are high.