Unbeaten boxer Ohara Davies promised to hit the burger and chip shops of Hackney if he beat Andrea Scarpa. After weeks in training camp for the biggest test of his burgeoning pro career, Davies wasted no time in finally breaking his disciplined diet and tucking into some junk food after a resounding points victory.
“After this fight, everyone’s been asking where they can find me, how they contact me,” he said. “The last place you’ll find me is in a gym. Go to your local chip shop, burger shop.” Davies deserved every last saturated fat after defeating Scarpa by unanimous decision in their super-lightweight WBC Silver title fight at Wembley Arena on Saturday.
‘Two Tanks’ Davies had not gone past six rounds since the first of his fourteen pro bouts. But he proved he could go the distance and win convincingly when the three judges gave him all 12 rounds with identical 120-108 scores.
The typically outspoken 24-year-old Davies predicted he would knock out the Italian, who is five years his elder, taller by two inches and became three years prior to him.
He opened the fight looking to end it in round one, but even though Davies dominated the Italian with his left jab and the odd right cross, he couldn’t sustain any pressure.
Back in London after stopping Commonwealth champion John Wayne Hibbert in the sixth round in June at the O2 Arena, Scarpa was high on confidence after 19 consecutive wins.
Wary of Davies’ power, the awkward Scarpa seemed content to drag Davies to the later rounds and see how much energy the latter would have left.
Davies hit Scarpa in the jaw in the third, bloodied his nose in the eighth, and landed a series of left hooks in the 11th. Davies knew he’d robbed Scarpa of the WBC silver belt as soon as the bout was over, and his record duly improved to 14 wins, 11 by knockout, and no losses. Scarpa’s dropped to 20-3 after his hopes of becoming world title contender were dashed.
Davies’ managers, who admitted the matchup was dropping their “very, very special talent” in the deep end, were happy he lived up to the hype before preparing for bigger tests next year.
Promoter Barry Hearn tweeted: “Congrats champ. Enjoy a rest and then back to learning this tough game. Long way to go.”