Kyrone Davis is keenly aware of people’s thoughts on his upcoming fight against Anthony Dirrell. He just doesn’t care.
Davis, a former amateur standout and long-time middleweight in the pros, will have the biggest fight of his career when he steps into the ring on February 27 against Dirrell. But Davis’ next bout isn’t just about the toughest opponent of his career, but also the biggest stage (main event on PBC on FOX) and the biggest stakes (WBC super middleweight title eliminator) he’s faced with. Not many believe he has a shot at beating Dirrell. However, that doesn’t bother him.
After all, not many fighters can brag about being in this position at any point their career. It’s an occasion that has Davis feeling more motivated than at any other point in his pro career.
“I’m absolutely motivated. This is a big fight for me. This is something I’ve always dreamed of. The moment is bigger so I have to rise to the occasion. That makes good fighters great and that’s what I expect to do. The moment is big and as you can expect, the pressure is bigger so I’m embracing it all,” Davis said.
Standing in his way is Dirrell, a two-time world champion who is looking for another shot at claiming championship gold. Dirrell has seen and done everything in the sport, from winning multiple world titles to facing the likes of David Benavidez, Badou Jack and Caleb Truax, all world champions at one point.
In the build up to the fight, Dirrell made several comments regarding Davis and his viability at competing at the top of the 168-pound division. Davis heard comments such as him biting off more than he can chew for this bout. It’s easy for someone to get riled up when listening to those remarks, but Davis has consistently brushed them off. Davis knows he’ll get a chance to respond when they meet in the ring.
“It’s just a comment. Dirrell can say what he wants to say. We got to fight. We got to get in the ring. That’s how he feels. A lot of people have a lot of feelings about this fight. Those are just feelings. It’s not going to be what it’s going to be. I’m not getting wrapped up into what anybody says about this fight or how he feels,” Davis said.
Davis even carried the same attitude and level-headed demeanor when he heard about Dirrell’s comments about knocking him out on February 27. Davis is expecting the best version of Dirrell and the most challenging fight of his career.
“We’ll see. Sometimes you look for the knockout and you don’t get it. Sometimes you look for it and get caught. I don’t expect Dirrell to say anything less than wanting a knockout and look impressive. So do I. I’m going to adjust to what he’s doing, he’s going to try to adjust to what I’m doing and we’ll see how it goes. Whatever fight it’s going to be, I’m going to be ready for it,” Davis said.
Anthony Dirrell vs. Kyrone Davis takes place February 27 on FOX (8 p.m. ET).
Video interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8kP_URjoas