It's the Golden Contract final in midweek and followers have a fascinating decider in store. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse previews the action...
"Fight fans have been impressed by the way Two Tanks has battled to get his career back on track and Betfair traders mark him as a strong favourite"
British boxing fans have a rare midweek treat in store with Ohara Davies and Tyrone McKenna set to clash at Production Park Studios in South Kirkby. This long-running feud will be settled on Wednesday evening and armchair fans can catch the action live on Sky Sports.
Ohara and McKenna meet in the final of the MTK light welterweight Golden Contract, a tournament that promises to catapult the winner towards big-money fights and wide spread recognition while sending the runner-up back down the rankings.
Who will come out on top and set-up a massive 2021? It's anyone's guess at this stage but the current Betfair Sportsbook odds favour the Londoner over his Belfast rival.
Davies has won his last two by KO
Hackney fighter Davies arrives on the back of a three-fight winning run that has seen him bag each of his last two by stoppage. The 28-year-old boasts a professional record of 21 wins against two defeats with 16 of his victories coming inside the distance. He was unbeaten until running into Scotland's world champion Josh Taylor in 2017, the Tartan Tornado settling things in the seventh round with a punch-perfect display.
The other defeat on Ohara's card came against Jack Catterall on points over 12 rounds two years ago. Davies has since beaten Miguel Vasquez on the scorecards over 10 rounds in decent fashion before getting rid of his next two with time to spare. Logan Yoon was cut down in seven last November before Davies finished Jeff Ofori in six at the York Hall in February. He'll now see beating McKenna and winning the Golden Contract as his shortcut back to the big time.
Fight fans have been impressed by the way Two Tanks has battled to get his career back on track and Betfair traders mark him as a strong favourite in the pre-fight betting. Those looking to side with the Englishman will find him no better than 1/5 on the Sportsbook. That may do a job in midweek accumulators but there's more to be had in the method of victory. Davies by KO/TKO is 7/5 or there's 13/10 if you prefer the points win.
McKenna on a five-fight winning run
McKenna has given British boxing followers some memorable fights over the years, but the 30-year-old has promised to showcase his boxing skills on Wednesday evening. The 6ft 1inch southpaw told the media a venue without fans will take the pressure off to entertain and that will lead to him executing a game plan against Davies.
The underdog flying the flag for Northern Irish boxing brings a professional record of 21 wins against one defeat and a draw with just six of his victories coming by way of knockout. The sole defeat on his card was inflicted by Catterall on points back in 2018 but he bounced back in fine form, winning each of his next five. That run includes a 10-round points victory over Darragh Foley for the vacant WBC International super lightweight title at the Ulster Hall last summer.
The formbook shows Tyrone has won each of his last five on points with his most recent stoppage win coming back in 2017 when halting Romanian Ferenc Katona who had failed to win half of his 16 bouts. The Betfair Sportsbook prices McKenna at 10/3 to cause an upset and there's sure to be interest in that. The points win is 9/2 for those happy to take more of a gamble.
Back OD for late KO
This promises to be a fascinating final involving two talented boxers who are here on merit. The winner of this one will go on to be involved in some big fights in future but neither can afford to look beyond Wednesday's challenge. Davies hits hard and, despite what McKenna has said in the press, he'll be all too willing to stand and trade.
Ohara will be eager to impose his strength and land big shots in the opening few rounds but this one won't be over early. A stoppage for Davies in the second half of the contest should give followers an interest on fight night.