01 October 2020 00:51
After suffering losses to left-handed opponents Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall, Davies out-landed a reluctant McKenna in The Golden Contract's 140-pound final Wednesday night at Sky Sports Studios in London. England's Davies (22-2, 16 KOs) landed the harder shots, albeit infrequently, and won a 10-round majority decision in a fight that lacked action. McKenna didn't really fight with a sense of urgency during the 10th round, even though it appeared he was losing entering those final three minutes. McKenna worked off his jab in that round and landed two short lefts on the inside. A lead right hand by Davies landed late in the ninth.
Davies' right hand landed as McKenna moved into the ropes early in the eighth round. Davies avoided most of McKenna's punches in the seventh round. He also landed a flush left hook in an exchange with McKenna late in the seventh. A stiff jab by Davies made McKenna move away from him early in the sixth round. Davies drilled McKenna with a counter, left hook at McKenna attempted to close the distance early in the fifth round.
Davies caught McKenna with a short, right hand inside in the first round. McKenna moved away from Davies' right hand for most of the first round. Earlier Wednesday, Serge Michel dropped Liam Conroy three times and stopped him in the fourth round of their Golden Contract light heavyweight semifinal. Germany's Michel (11-1, 8 KOs) knocked down Conroy (18-6-1, 9 KOs) twice in the fourth round, which led referee Mark Lyson to stop their scheduled 10-rounder 1:39 into the fourth. Conroy's difficulty began just before the end of the third round, when Michel landed a right hand to the side of his head that sent Conroy to one knee. Conroy, bleeding from his nose and a cut near his hairline, got up and the bell rang soon thereafter to end the third round. An overhand right by Michel knocked Conroy on his back in the fourth round. Tyrone McKenna's dreams of securing a life-changing victory and the light-welterweight 'Golden Contract' were crushed as he lost a razor-thin decision to Ohara Davies in Wakefield on Wednesday night. This was an extremely close fight and a case could have been made that McKenna did enough to retain his WBC International title, but it wasn't to be as Davies goes onto ink a promotional deal with a major promoter. Whilst the Belfast man enjoyed a considerable height advantage, there wasn't much in reach as Davies popped out jabs and looked for a way in from a crouching position, but McKenna was picking him off early and trying to avoid the wars he is renowned for. Davies began to find his range a little early in the third as he upped the pressure but was picked off by a long, left counter in a round that came to life a little towards the end and the pair exchanged a flurry on the bell. This was a sign for this fight to open up with Davies loading up, but his attacks were a little slow and predictable as McKenna read his intentions and returned with better, even pushing forward and willingly standing in range as his confidence grew. The Belfast man was putting himself in the danger zone but seemed happy to take Davies' best shots to get his own off as the fight moved into the second half, yet these shots were clearly swaying the judges. McKenna enjoyed a fine seventh but was on the receiving end of the heavier shots in the following round as this fight remained all to play for. Both men looked to take this fight by the scruff of the neck but there was little to choose between them as they entered the final three minutes with the heavier shots coming from Davies, but McKenna was producing some excellent work to make his own case. With the fight in the melting pot, McKenna seemed slicker, boxing excellently as Davies appeared out of ideas although ultimately, it wasn't enough as he fell to a second career defeat and must now look to park the disappointment of a night when his efforts came up inches short. Ohara Davies nicked a majority decision over Tyrone McKenna today in England, winning MTK Global's 140-pound Golden Contract tournament. There's no major controversy with this; we scored the fight 96-94 for McKenna, but a lot of the rounds were down to what very minor bit of difference you thought was the most significant aspect, and neither of them exactly tore the house down, to be entirely honest. Davies (22-2, 16 KO) mostly came forward, as expected, while McKenna (21-2-1, 6 KO) mostly tried to move and fight off the back foot, also as expected. The trash talk about knockouts and hatred and grudges led to a pretty tentative 10 rounds where nobody took any big risks, with Davies even saying post-fight he didn't want to take the risks his team were asking of him, as he felt he was winning most of the rounds comfortably. The 30-year-old McKenna can certainly go home with the belief he deserved a win here, but that also comes with the asterisk that very few people felt he deserved his semifinal victory over Mohamed Mimoune in February. This was, if we're staying honest here, a fight between two pretty good domestic junior welterweights, neither of them exactly crashing their way into the world title scene coming into this one, or coming out of it. Davies, 28, felt he deserved a wider win, and does feel he can fight at the top level. I could have taken it up another two or three notches," Davies said, stating he felt he was winning each round. Michel (11-1, 8 KO), a 32-year-old originally from Russia, now fighting out of Germany, nicknamed "The Bavarian Sniper," had a really good performance here in the light heavyweight tournament semifinal. Michel out-boxed him, dropped him on a quick right hand late in the third, and then when Conroy, 28, gave it a go in the fourth, he got dropped two more times and finished at 1:39. The second was a right cross that Conroy walked into after pressing Michel toward the ropes, and the final knockdown came on a right uppercut, another one Conroy walked into. The 30-year-old Latvian beat Hosea Burton last Saturday in Riga by wide 10-round decision to reach the final himself, so they'll have basically the same break whenever the fight gets signed, and I'd expect it by the end of 2020. To begin, I was very tense, but round by round, it felt better," Michel said after the fight. The stoppage win also means Michel gets a £5,000 bonus for this fight, so yeah, he's had a good night. "I stuck to my boxing and it worked, I felt like I could have done that for 12," Ward said. Chapman (6-5, 0 KO) is the type of local scrapper who will give young fighters rounds and a decent fight, and he did so here against the debuting Fail, a 23-year-old middleweight southpaw.