Ohara Davies (10-0, 8KOs) is set to face Andy Keates (11-3, 1KO) for the vacant English lightweight title at The O2 on April 9th.
Davies, competing in his first professional title bout, will be keen to both retain his unbeaten record and get his hands on the belt. Keates, however, will be just as eager to claim the strap having lost out on his first attempt via a 10 round majority decision to Kevin Hooper in November.
“I’m delighted to finally get the chance to fight for a title as a pro,” said Davies. “It’s a big step for me from the six-rounders I’ve had so far – this is my first title fight and first fight over 10 rounds. I’ve had to tailor my training to ensure I’m fit for the latter stages – if it lasts that long.
“Andy is a Southpaw so I’ve had to prepare for that. I’ve watched some of his fights on YouTube and his fight with Kevin Hooper was good – but I’m confident I can stop him in three rounds.
“My apprenticeship is over now and after this I’m ready to start challenging for the British title and beyond.”
Davies’ clash with Keates is part of a huge night of boxing at The O2 as Anthony Joshua MBE challenges Charles Martin for the IBF World Heavyweight title.
Also on the undercard; Lee Selby defends his IBF World Featherweight title against Eric Hunter, former world title challengers Matthew Macklin and Brian Rose square off in an exciting middleweight contest and George Groves faces the unbeaten David Brophy.
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