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Golden Boy Promotions have announced that London super-lightweight Ohara Davies (25-2, 18KOs) will face Venezuela’s Ismael Barroso (24-4-2, 22KOs) on December 2nd in Houston.
The pair will collide for the WBA interim title at 140lbs on the undercard of Ryan Garcia‘s comeback versus Oscar Duarte at the Toyota Centre.
Davies will be fighting under the Golden Boy banner for the first time since signing with the promotional outfit in July.
The 31-year-old wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: “I’m very thankful because I always bear in mind that things could have been so different, also greatful to those who have helped me to get these opportunities. Let’s make a dream come true.”
Davies defeated Lewis Ritson via ninth-round knockout in March to secure his place as the number one ranked fighter in the WBA super-lightweight rankings.
The winner of the clash in December will likely challenge current champion Rolando Romero.
40-year-old Barroso was on the wrong end of a controversial ninth-round TKO defeat to Romero in May after both men picked themselves off the canvas earlier in the fight.
Barroso was leading on all three judge’s scorecards at the time of the stoppage with viewers left perplexed by referee Tony Weeks‘ decision to halt the action with Barroso seemingly unhurt against the ropes.
The Venezuelan remains a familiar name for British fight fans having beaten London lightweight Kevin Mitchell inside five rounds back in 2015 before losing to Manchester’s Anthony Crolla five months later for the WBA lightweight crown.
Garcia returns after Davies loss in April
The main event sees the return of Los Angeles’ Ryan Garcia (23-1, 19KOs) following his first professional defeat against Baltimore’s Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis in April.
Garcia was counted out in the seventh at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas after a Davies right hand to the body.
The 25-year-old faces Mexico’s Oscar Duarte (26-1-1, 21KOs) who enters the bout on a run of eleven consecutive wins inside the distance, albeit against unrecognisable opposition.