The eagerly awaited #GoldenContract tournament final has been given a date for its super-lightweight and featherweight finals on September 30 at York Hall in London.
The behind closed doors event will host the grudge match between Ohara Davies and Tyrone McKenna in the super-lightweight final, while Ryan Walsh collides with Jazza Dickens in the intriguing featherweight final.
It will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports in association with Matchroom Boxing, and in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.
Davies commented: “I’m really pleased to finally have a fight date. This fight was meant to happen in June but due to the situation we’re in we’ve had to wait a few more months, so it’s meant I’ve had extra time to focus and study to beat Tyrone McKenna.
“I didn’t need that extra time though, as I’ve always known what I’ve got to do to go in there and destroy this clown. All this has been is more time until he faces defeat.”
His opponent McKenna also expressed his excitement: “I’m over the moon to get this confirmed. It’s something to focus on and work towards, so thanks to MTK Global for getting ‘The Mighty Celt’ back on everybody’s screens at the end of September.
“I’ve used the last few months to improve my flaws and get myself in the best shape that I can. Ohara Davies cannot change, we know what to expect. A big right hand and slow footwork. There are other weaknesses too, and it’s going to be an interesting fight.”
Walsh continued: “I’m massively excited. I’m delighted it’s back at York Hall too. That venue is my home and it’s a very familiar stomping ground. I’ve had nothing but success there.
“I’m expecting a really good fight against Jazza. It can’t be anything but a good fight. I’ll come to win and Jazza will come to win. This date will come nine years to the day that my brother Liam and Paul Appleby had their Fight of the Year at York Hall, so that’s a good omen for fight fans.”
Dickens added: “I’ve been ready for a long time and I can’t wait. This is a once in a lifetime chance, so thank you so much to MTK Global who haven’t played it safe and have honoured their word.
“The delay has given me more time to prepare myself. Through lockdown I have made changes in my life that have helped me so much. I’ve kept active and healthy and I will take my chance.”
MTK Global Vice-President Jamie Conlan concluded: “Finally we are delighted to announced the conclusion of the Golden Contract finals in the super-lightweight and featherweight divisions. A legitimate tournament with legitimate fighters, the tournament favourite in each weight has constantly changed with each passing round and all the talking and predicting will come to an end on September 30th.
“Ohara Davies vs Tyrone McKenna is a fight that has been in the works for years, a clash of both personalities & styles. An intriguing fight that many have debated for a few years. The build-up should be equally as exciting as the fight. Davies is searching for redemption, McKenna is searching for recognition, and on September 30th one of them will find what they are looking for.
“Ryan Walsh vs Jazza Dickens is what the Golden Contract is about, pitting two of Britain’s best against each other in a fight with the winner in line for a world title shot.
“Two honest pros who have come through fantastic back and forth fights to get to the final. It has all the ingredients to be a Fight of the Year candidate.”