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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Davies has the power to silence Scotland

Taylor taking a big risk

Ohara Davies (right) clobbers Derry Mathews
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Commonwealth super-lightweight title
WBC silver super-lightweight title
Channel 5, 10pm Saturday

Get ready for one of the domestic fights of the year when Londoner Ohara Davies travels to Glasgow to take on 'The Tartan Tornado' Josh Taylor at the Braehead Arena. 

Both men are undefeated and have been tipped to go on to challenge for world titles, and while some have suggested this contest is coming too early for them it is refreshing to see young fighters taking risks rather than protecting and padding perfect records. 

Bookies make Taylor a marginal favourite at around 8-11, possibly because he has home advantage and he will enjoy the full support of a passionate Scottish crown, hyped up even further by the event being billed as 'Bad Blood'. 

Taylor is part of Barry McGuigan's Cyclone stable and is looking relaxed and full of confidence with McGuigan predicting big things for the Scot, while Cyclone's star fighter Carl Frampton says Taylor is world class already and that he will win this fight convincingly.

But Davies also has plenty of people backing him, including Scotland's most decorated boxer of recent times Ricky Burns. 

Burns trains with Davies under Tony Sims and is one of his main sparring partners, and while he rates Taylor highly and thinks the fight won't be easy, he expects OD "to take him out".

That is backed up by another of Davies' sparring partners Conor Benn, who says he will stop Taylor within six rounds, highlighting his long reach and concussive power.

And Davies' power is the main problem for Taylor. While Taylor has great boxing ability and a fantastic skillset, Davies can turn a fight on its head with one punch and he seems to be getting better and more dangerous with every outing. 

Taylor may be in control in the early stages but sooner or later he is likely to be on the receiving end of a sledgehammer, and once OD smells blood he is more than capable of ending things quickly.

O Davies by knockout
2pts 3-1 188Bet

While Taylor has great boxing ability and a fantastic skillset, Davies can turn a fight on its head with one punch
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