Rising boxing star Ohara Davies was more than chuffed when on a recent visit to Manchester, he took a chance at meeting his idol Ricky Hatton at the Hatton Academy in Hyde.

The WBA International Super-Lightweight Champion told Steve Lillis that he drove down to the Hitman’s gym in the hopes that he would bump into his Mancunian hero.

“I thought while I’m in the area, I would love to meet him, I’ve got to meet him. I’m literally so excited, I haven’t really been excited about meeting anyone in a while. But when you understand boxing in depth, you understand how much of a legend Ricky actually is.

“I feel like Ricky is overlooked. Ricky has done so much for boxing, especially British boxing. He’s had so many massive fights, and I’ve looked up to him for so long so just to meet him I’m like so excited about it,” Davies said on the latest BoxNation Podcast.

The 25-year-old said that he has looked up to The Hitman from a young age, and hopes that one day he’ll get to train with him. He also took the opportunity to ask for a cheeky bit of advice on how he can advance his career.

“[Hatton said] to keep my head down, stay strong be focused and be humble. So I’ll try and emulate how he was boxing in his career. He was really humble and he just worked hard and kept his head down. So I’ll try and emulate that from now on.

“I spoke to Ricky earlier and said that if he’s got anyone sparring at my weight class then I’ll be happy to come down. And I had to add in there ‘if you can take me on the pads for a bit then I wouldn’t mind!”

Davies will be making his first appearance since September on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders v Martin Murray on April 14th. Tickets are available here.

Also on episode 12 of the BoxNation Podcast, Ricky Hatton gives his take on the return of Tyson Fury and training Nathan Gorman, plus Zolani Tete talks returning to Belfast on April 21st.

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