Unbeaten talents Ohara Davies and Craig Richards continued their march to greater things as both had early nights in their respective bouts held at York hall yesterday. The fights were part of the media work out session for the fighters appearing on the Joshua v Breazeale card and featured Anthony Joshua, George Groves, Eubank Jr ect.
English lightweight champion Davies (12-0-KO10) was handed the extra pressure of fighting unbeaten Zoltan Szabo who showed he was unbeaten for a reason as he evaded punches effectively, exhibited an impressive chin and threw back with determination.
The power of Davies kept Szabo from showing too much ambition, though, as the home fighter upped his output in the second with a swift left hook and a piercing right cross.
After seeing Szabo choose to stand rather than sit between rounds, Davies administered the telling blow in the fourth – a right cross that inflicted a nasty cut on the outside of his opponent’s left eye socket.
Although Szabo replied to an overhand right with work of his own, the ringside doctor advised the fight be called off early in the fifth, prompting the visitor to jump up and down in a slightly comic display of frustration.
Ohara again stated his intention of moving up to light welterweight and is targeting Dave Ryan “I know that Dave Ryan has beaten people better than Szabo but I didn’t come out of first gear against him and he wasn’t a joke. The fact I made it look easy proves that it’s time to go up a level and I believe I’m 100 per cent ready for Ryan now. Out of all the UK super-lightweights, he’s the one I think would give me the best fight.” Ohara told Sky Sports
Earlier in the night, Craig Richards had enjoyed a swifter victory over Richard Horton, moving to 4-0 with a thrilling first-round stoppage.
The south Londoner exhibited impressive speed early on and sized up his man with several sweetly timed left hooks. Two heavy right hands soon followed and Horton was deposited to the canvas with an exuberant Richards able to land another left before the count began.
Craig was clearly in no mood to hang around and renewed the assault as soon as the referee was satisfied Horton was able to continue. Lefts and rights were raining in in equal measure and after a sharp uppercut-to-right-cross, there was no getting up for Horton a second time.
Now the team of Craig are swiftly targeting titles with the southern area title on the agenda and progress the traditional route. With Trainer Peter Sims telling Sky Sports “Titles, now. We want to go the traditional route of Southern Area, English and then British title. Like he says, if you don’t want to fight him then vacate, because he’s a 6ft 3in super-middleweight and he can punch.”