If there’s one fight to get your money’s worth on Frank Warren’s The Time Is Now main event it has to be Jack Catterall and Ohara Davies. The British starlets meet in a super lightweight contest this weekend which promises to be an all-out war.
Chorley man, Jack Catterall returns to action following an entertaining encounter in Belfast where he successfully defended his WBO InterContinental Super Lightweight for the eighth time. His opponent on the night was Tyrone Mckenna, whom he floored twice before edging on points.
Ohara Davies, now a fighter within the Frank Warren stable, has dusted himself off after retiring on his stall against Josh Taylor and earned three wins on the bounce. Having prevailed in Leeds, London and Liverpool respectively, the controversial character takes to the road again to meet Catterall on neutral ground in Leicester.
Fight Preview: When, Where, and What Channel?
The Time Is Now is a boxing event a Frank Warren production, which takes place on Saturday, 6th October in Morningside Arena, Leicester. This event is being broadcast on BT Sport for viewers in the UK. Expect Catterall and Davies to walk to the ring from 9pm local time.
Tale of the Tape
|Jack Catterall||vs.||Ohara Davies|
|United Kingdom||Birthplace||United Kingdom|
|170 cm||Height||170 cm|
|W, W, W, W, W||Last five fights||W, L, W, W, W|
Catterall vs. Davies Betting Tips
One week ago Catterall was way ahead as favourite to take this fight according to the bookmakers’ markets. Although those odds have now shortened, the Chorley prospect is
Catterall to win @ 4/6
One week ago Catterall was way ahead as favourite to take this fight according to the bookmakers’ markets. Although those odds have now shortened, the Chorley prospect is about evens to retain his title on Saturday. Catterall goes into this contest with a flawless record. He has never tasted defeated, knowing that his opponent on the night has.
Davies to win @ evens
Davies is one of British boxing’s intriguing puzzles; in playing up to media in the pre-fight circus ritual he paints a portrayal of a man who understands how to sell a fight. The Hackney fighter seems to have regained focus after losing to Taylor last July, which has ushered him back into the frame as a top-10 fighter in the British ranks. Backing him at evens looks too good to be true; are the bookmakers doubting his professional maturity, boxing ability, or both?
Catterall to win by decision
We’ve highlighted this betting market as a practical option for those backing Catterall for the win and looking for more favourable odds. Even as an aggressive fighter, El Gato wields only a 55% KO record. And factoring in Davies’ evasive, rangy fighting style we see him causing more damage by getting in close and nicking points from off the clinch.
Davies to win by KO/TKO
Of his 18 wins Davies has finished 14 inside the distance; hence the name ‘Two Tanks.’ The Londoner has demonstrated that he can end the fight in one swift combo, however, in those recent victories he wasn’t short of launching haymakers into thin air. If OD catches Catterall then its as good as over, but this comes down to his pin-point accuracy and stamina to make the right shots count.
Fight to go the distance
If the two fighters are still standing after 12 rounds then it will have been on account of OD’s missed opportunities for taking the KO. Catterall is a tough fighter with stern work-rate who can push opponents to the late rounds. Although a long shot, backing the bout to go the distance is worth a shrewd bet of anyone’s money.
Our Prediction – Catterall to Win
Of the two fighters, Davies owns the gameplan that is easier to pick apart and counteract. His languid and angular style exposes gaps in a guard which a man of Catterall’s calibre will be confident in exposing on the night. We haven’t seen too much of Catterall in the ring, but on a domestic level he’s made headlines for all the right reasons. The hype isn’t without cause.
Davies was pleasantly impressive in patiently dismantling Tom Farrell and Paul Kamanga, yet those opponents hardly posed as a strong test. It may purely come down to who wants this one more, and our money is on Catterall to sustain a high pressure fight and steal another victory.