Sakima Mullings has said that he is not worried about what threat Tsetsi Davis may pose to him in their upcoming Contender Series semifinal bout on July 5.
The two boxers have last faced each other in the 2014 final, when Mullings won by technical knockout (TKO) but Mullings told STAR Sports that he expects a different fight this time around as a lot of time has passed since then.
After Davis’ split decision win over Canada’s Ryan Young on Wednesday, Davis said that he was in better condition now, than he was in his first match this season. This sentiment was shared by many spectators, who said they believed Davis had fought his best fight in many years. Mullings however said that that does not bother him and he will work out a plan for Davis as he continues to scout him.
“We watched the fight and it was a very good fight by Tsetsi Davis,” Mullings told STAR Sports.
“We just have to come up with our game plan to beat him. We’ll watch the tape of the fight again and see if there’s anything that we can pick up from it. But I don’t think there’s much that we can learn from that tape, because that’s Tsetsi Davis fighting an opponent that’s very tall and very rangey. That’s not me. I know that when I fight Tsetsi Davis, it won’t be the same fight because he won’t come with a similar game plan because I’m not that tall of a fighter.”
Davis had recently told STAR Sports that he was motivated to do better in his last fight because he was booed by the crowd during his first.
Mullings, on the other hand, said that though the crowd supports him strongly, he does not pay any attention to what happens outside the ring during his fights.
“I could fight in front of one person or I could fight in front of a million. I listen to one voice, that’s my trainer’s voice, I block out everything else from the crowd. But it’s definitely an advantage having the crowd in your favour because the noise that they make and the reactions they give can sway the judges.”