Ohara Davies says he has little doubt he will defeat Tyrone McKenna when they meet in the Golden Contract 140lbs final at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on September 30.

Davies (21-2, 6 KOs) and McKenna (21-1-1, 6 KOs) have engaged in a war of words over many months that has coincided with them negotiating two tournament rounds to meet in the lucrative Golden Contract finale.

The bad blood has simmered and sometimes threatened to boil over, but Hackney’s Davies believes that McKenna’s recent silence is an indication that the Belfast man is braced for defeat.

“McKenna has been a lot quieter over the last few months. I think he’ll try and keep that up because in boxing when you talk a lot of trash and then you get whooped, you end up looking bad, and he knows he will get whooped,” said Davies.

“He doesn’t want to look like a clown, so I don’t expect him to talk that much from now on because now he knows that he’s in a big fight.

“I’m still expecting a hard fight from a fit fighter that has great heart and wants to win, but I’m going to go in there and destroy him. He’s been calling me out for so many years and finally he has a chance to back up his mouth and his talk.

“I haven’t seen any weaknesses from him in his career, but once we get in the ring I know that I’ll make him have plenty of weaknesses.”

The Golden Contract 140lbs final takes place on the same night as the featherweight final, where Ryan Walsh faces Jazza Dickens, and will be televised live on Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN+ in the US.

Main image: McKenna and Davies (right) meet in the Golden Contract 140lbs final. Photo: MTK Global.