Jack Catterall won’t get drawn into Ohara Davies talk with focus on Tyrone McKenna

Jack Catterall heads into battle in Belfast knowing there could be some big fights ahead
Jack Catterall heads into battle in Belfast knowing there could be some big fights ahead

Jack Catterall will not be drawn into a war of words with Ohara Davies with all eyes on a big night in Belfast on Saturday.

The Chorley star defends his WBO Intercontinental title against home favourite Tyrone McKenna at the SSE Arena as he looks to close in on world honours.

Super lightweight rival Davies stopped Paul Kamanga in two rounds at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday and again called for a clash with Catterall.

It is one that the former British champion admits is inevitable, although the Hackney man’s trash talk isn’t for him.

“I think that’s where things are heading,” said Catterall, 21-0 with 12 knockouts.

“It makes sense. We’re under the same management and promoter.

Ohara Davies

Ohara Davies

“I’ve got a job to do first but if that fight is proposed I’d be more than happy to take it.

“He keeps talking about me. Maybe he thinks he needs the attention or to cause some kind of commotion.

“Everyone’s different. I like to just knuckle down and focus and get the fight done.

“He enjoys talking a lot and even if the fight does get made I won’t get involved in all that back and forth.

“I just know that I’m confident of beating all these fighters.”

Catterall takes on a fellow unbeaten fighter in McKenna this weekend and knows he cannot take his eye off the ball.

“I’ve always just focused on the next fight,” he said.

“I can’t look past Tyrone.

“I know what’s looming in the future and there are opportunities and good fights to be made in my weight division.

“But I’ve got to focus on Saturday and then the world’s my oyster.”

One of the big nights ahead could be a meeting with WBO world champion Maurice Hooker who got the better of Terry Flanagan to win the vacant title earlier in the month.

Catterall, ranked number three in the world by the governing body, was ringside at the Manchester Arena.

“I backed Terry before the fight but Maurice Hooker had his number on the night,” he said.

“I didn’t think he was anything special though.

“Nothing jumped out at me and made me think ‘wow’.

“He just had the timing and the speed and Terry wasn’t able to adjust.”