My better boxing skills will make the difference says Jack Catterall ahead of Ohara Davies clash

Jack Catterall is confident his superior boxing ability will help him see off the threat posed by Ohara Davies.

Thursday, 4th October 2018, 8:40 pm
Updated Friday, 5th October 2018, 5:10 pm
Jack Catterall and Ohara Davies face-off after Thursday's press conference in Leicester

ALSO READ >>>>> Jack Catterall believes being part of Jamie Moore's thriving gym can make all the difference against Ohara DaviesThe pair headline a bumper Frank Warren show at the Morningside Arena in Leicester which is live on BT Sport on Saturday night with the winner taking a big step closer to a world title shot.

The eagerly-anticipated clash of British super-lightweight rivals is seen as a clash of quiet man Catterall against the outspoken Davies.

The Chorley star is also more known for his ring craft while his Hackney adversary has proven punching power.

Jack Catterall and Ohara Davies face-off after Thursday's press conference in Leicester

“Make no mistake, I pay no attention to what he’s got to say but I respect him as a fighter,” said the unbeaten Catterall, who has 12 knockouts in his 22-0 record.

“I’ve studied him and he’s not got entirely where he is from talking rubbish.

“He’s backed it up on more than one occasion.

“It just gives me that extra motivation to put him to bed knowing he can fight and he does like to talk as well.”

Catterall at Thursday's press conference

Davies is unorthodox but has won 18 of his 19 contests with his only defeat coming against Scottish star Josh Taylor.

“His style’s different to what I’ve come across,” Catterall added.

“He’s got long arms and can punch really hard. I don’t think he’s the most calculated and I don’t think he’s got the best boxing brain.

“There are chinks there that I can capitalise on.”

Many expect this to turn into a classic boxer against puncher contest.

Davies has 14 wins inside the distance, a highlight-reel knockout against Paul Kamanga seeing his last fight end early.

With trainer Jamie Moore Catterall has been working on neutralising that threat as he looks to keep hold of his No.2 ranking with the World Boxing Organisation.

“I’d say I was far more skilful and he might say the same,” said Catterall.

“I think I’ve got enough power to hurt someone but he probably thinks he’s a one-punch knockout king after that last fight.

“I know he can punch and that’s a threat in any fight.

“Any fight you go into there’s a chance that comes from the Gods and knocks you out.

“But I’ll be going in there with a gameplan and we’re working hard to get the win on Saturday.”

Leicester represents neutral territory for both men, with Catterall set to be well backed on the night.

“I can’t thank every one enough,” he said.

“All my loyal supporters always turn out. I’ve had a busy year and they’ve had a busy year supporting me. Tickets don’t come cheap at all .

“For every person that does come I’m grateful and I know if they’re not there supporting me they will be tuning in on TV.”