By Elliot Foster
Ohara Davies will have to wait a bit longer before lacing up the gloves again after making controversial comments on social media.
The London super-lightweight had been set for action in the first quarter of 2018, exclusively live on Sky Sports.
But after he made comments to Tommy Coyle, a potential future foe of his, regarding The Sun newspaper, which angered many Liverpudlians as it was seen as a dig towards the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 after the paper wrongly claimed several insensitivities against the people of Merseyside, Davies has been removed from the show on which he was scheduled to appear.
‘Two Tanks’ was meant to box on February 3, at the O2 Arena in his home city, as part of a card headlined by a cruiserweight grudge match between Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain.
The show’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, who also looks after Davies, has however poured water on the idea of the 25-year-old returning as early as the second month of the New Year, revealing on Saturday that he had removed the WBA International champion –– who was last in the ring in September –– from the show.
In a statement issued on social media, Hearn said: “Following comments made by Ohara Davies on social media yesterday, we have removed him from our February 3 show at the O2 Arena.
“While I believe his comments were made through ignorance, they were unacceptable and highly offensive to many of our friends, fighters and to a city that we have a huge amount of respect for.”
Davies, after making the comments, was quick to apologise after taking flak from those both in and out of the game.
But Hearn and Matchroom have taken the decision to remove him from the show, leaving Ted Cheeseman facing a step-up in opponent after agreeing to face former Kell Brook foe Carson Jones and Reece Bellotti returning in a defence of his Commonwealth featherweight title against Ben Jones.
Felix Cash, who ended 2017 with a one-round stoppage earlier this month, will box for the first time in the New Year, while former Team GB star Joshua Buatsi will box alongside Danny Dignum and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick.
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