Joshua: Ohara Davies boxes Andy Keates for English lightweight title
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 23/03/16 5:20pm
Ohara Davies will face Andy Keates for the vacant English lightweight title at The O2 on April 9, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The bout is part of a huge night of boxing as Anthony Joshua challenges Charles Martin for the IBF world heavyweight belt.
Davies boxes for a first title in the paid ranks, having sped to 10-0 and adding an eighth stoppage win to his impressive résumé in January at the Copper Box Arena in London.
'Two Tanks' will look to win the crown in style, aiming for a fifth straight win inside the distance on his fourth outing at the Greenwich venue, but Keates will be looking to land the belt at the second attempt, having been edged out by 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 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."
On the same bill, Lee Selby defends his IBF world featherweight title against Eric Hunter, while there is a key middleweight battle between former world title challengers Matthew Macklin and Brian Rose.
Three-time world super-middleweight title challenger George Groves also meets unbeaten Scotsman David Brophy.