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Taylor vows to shut Davies up as bad-tempered build-up rages

 

By Andy Newport

Josh Taylor, the rising star in the Barry McGuigan camp, plans to let his fists do the talking after refusing to enter into a fresh verbal spat with tonight's opponent Ohara Davies.

The two unbeaten fighters square off at Braehead Arena in a super-lightweight clash likely to propel the winner onto the path towards future world championship opportunities.

The bad-tempered build-up to the bout - set to attract a two-million strong TV audience on Channel 5 - exploded yesterday as the pair had to be dragged apart at the weigh-in.

It followed Thursday's eventful final press conference when trash-talking Londoner Davies took aim at Edinburgh puncher Taylor, labelling the Scot and the rest of his entourage "bums".

But Commonwealth champion Taylor - looking to extended his perfect nine-fight winning streak as a pro, which includes eight KOs - refused to rise to the bait and sat with a wry grin.

"That's his nerves kicking in. I'm nice and calm and so confident," said 26-year-old Taylor.

"I've trained so hard and I'm in great shape - sharp, fit and strong. So I don't need to talk.

"He's either getting edgy or trying to have a laugh. But he's a clown anyway.

"He's going to look silly because I'm in serious shape and have been sparring really well. He's got to back his words up - and he'll be eating them.

"He can say what he wants but if he comes up to me close I'm going to go mad with him and he'll feel a right hook in his face."

• Channel 5 have secured the rights to show the WBC World featherweight title eliminator between Belfast's 2016 Ring Magazine 'Fighter of the Year' Carl Frampton and Mexico's dangerous Andres Gutierrez on Saturday, July 29.

Frampton claimed more than 75% of Northern Ireland's audience share the last time he fought on free-to-air television in 2015, and more than two million viewers are expected to tune in for his homecoming fight at the SSE Arena.

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