McCann menacing bantamweight rivals

Bantamweight starlet Dennis McCann is living up to his ‘menace’ nickname. Rivals are already steering clear of him.

Hall of fame promoter Frank Warren’s latest prodigy may only be 19, but matchmaking has proven tough with a number of rivals giving the Maidstone southpaw a wide berth.

“We went down through the whole of BoxRec and we said, ‘We’ll get him’ and we’d ring them up and it was no good,” said McCann (6-0, 4 KOs).

“Literally, we went through fifteen opponents with good records. All good kids… fought for good titles and they all turned it down. Every single one of them.”

The skilful McCann, who has already drawn comparisons with Naseem Hamed, isn’t lacking in self-belief.

“I want a couple of world titles at a couple of weights, then I’ll be happy. When I’m training, I picture those titles in my head,” he said. “I left school at ten years of age… I knew I was destined to box.”

This Saturday, McCann faces the capable Brett Fidoe at the BT Sport studios in Stratford, London, and the precocious bantam is planning to catch the eye again as he continues his inevitable march towards titles.

“I cannot wait,” said McCann. “I’ll steal the show as usual.”