It may have flown under the radar in recent weeks, and the build-up hasn't been nearly as entertaining as we had hoped, but on Saturday evening fight fans have a cracking domestic match up in Josh Taylor vs O'Hara Davies for the Commonwealth title in Glasgow, live on Channel five.

Likened to the James DeGale-George Groves fight which took place in London back in 2011, this is a meeting of two supremely talented fighters still in the early part of their careers. Taylor and Davies remain unbeaten to date, and credit most be given to both camps for getting this fight on - but they really have nothing to lose. Victory would see one man jump the queue towards top-level titles, while a loss wouldn't have an adverse effect on the other. DeGale and Groves are both current world champions, after all.

Davies goes in as the more experienced man, bringing a perfect record of 15 wins from as many outings. The 25-year-old pride of Hackney has stopped 12 of the men placed in front of him so far, and was last seen claiming a grudge match win over Liverpool's Derry Matthews, defending his WBC silver title courtesy of a third round TKO.

Such a convincing display against a well-respected opponent announced O'Hara on the main stage, proving he can live up to the hype, and then some. Two Tanks has cut down eight of his last nine opponents, but he's no one trick pony, proven when beating battle-hardened Italian Andrea Scarpa on points over 12 rounds in his penultimate start.

Despite boasting the better form of the two, Davies is happy to go into the lion's den, taking the fight in Scotland in front of his opponent's adoring fans. That doesn't seem to bother the Englishman, but it means something to Betfair's traders, who price the away win up as 5/4 second favourite, or 2.38 on the exchange.

Supporters of the underdog, who brings an 80 per cent KO average, can get more for their money in the method of victory market, with 11/4 available on another early night, while Davies to win over the judges in Scotland has been written off as a 4/1 poke.

Taylor, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, has had no trouble making the step over into the paid ranks, and goes into professional contest 10 with a fearsome record - nine wins from nine starts, eight by KO/TKO. With both men bringing genuine knockout power into this one, a bet on the fight not to go the distance is understandable.

The 26-year-old Taylor, dubbed The Tartan Tornado, won the Commonwealth title with a fifth-round stoppage of Dave Ryan in Edinburgh, and was seen defending it in March when downing South African Warren Joubert in six. Taylor delivered a peach of a body shot to get his man out of there that night, meaning he has gone beyond the sixth round only once, and will be eager to continue that form.

With Ricky Burns' career on the rocks, Josh Taylor carries the future of Scottish boxing in his hands. Win and he will continue to top big bills north of the border, sharing the spotlight with those coming through, lose and it'll throw the Scottish game into a black hole.

Davies is a real rugged warrior who has stepped up to the mark in each of his bouts so far, and he has real momentum behind him, but he's yet to face anyone in Taylor's class, anywhere near it in fact, and the favourite will box his way to double figures in the win column. Back Taylor at 4/6 with Betfair, or take a chance on the points win at 2/1.

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