Dennis McCann is the second instalment of Prospects to Watch. Prospects to Watch is a series where I will analyse the best prospects in world boxing and review their potential as well as future fights.
Dennis McCann is (8-0, 5 KOs) in the professional game and has already been dubbed as the ‘New Prince Naseem Hameed’. McCann is a slick, fast and strong southpaw that is a heavy puncher at bantamweight and admired for his left-hook body shots. McCann is very confident in the ring and presents an awkward style with a variety of angles and screwshots.
Dennis McCann: The Early Life
McCann started boxing at just 3 years of age and had always dreamed of boxing as a professional. McCann showed remarkable commitment from a very young age which included dropping out of primary school at the age of 10.
McCann worked at a building site at a young age which allowed him to develop a sense of maturity and confidence. ‘The Menace’ was born and raised out of Maidstone but boxed out of the Repton Amateur Club where he had to travel several hours every day to attend the boxing sessions.
Dennis McCann turned professional at 18 years of age and is just 19 years old currently. He had a successful amateur career that saw him become a nine-time national amateur champion and amassed a 50-4 record in the unpaid ranks. This impressed management MTK Global and Promoters Frank Warren who were keen to sign him into the professional ranks.
The Rise Through the Ranks
As a professional McCann quickly impressed the boxing fans with a first-round TKO over a Polish journeyman which is impressive considering McCann’s young age and lack of man strength. From then he went on to amass 4 more wins in his first 7 months as a professional with 3 of them coming by way of stoppage, quickly building a large fan base and dazzling in every fight.
He entered 2019 (5-0) with 4 KOs when he got a television sot in front of a large audience on BT and ITV Sport on the buildup show to Wilder-Fury 2. However, Covid-19 put a temporary stop to the rate of McCann’s progress and saw him not box for 6 months. He then returned in August with a superb body shot which earned him a second-round TKO over Brett Fidoe, a journeyman notorious for hardly ever getting stopped.
On the undercard of Yarde Arthur, Dennis McCann faced his toughest test to date boxing at 8 rounds for the first time ever going the distance with Pedro Matos. In that fight, he showed he still has a long way to go as he boxed really well for the most part but lapses of concentration and novice mistakes saw him get countered.
Prospect to Contender
After 2 years in the paid ranks with an 8-0 record, McCann is still very young but is very eager to progress on with his career. He now looks towards a British Title in 2021 and hopes to box 3-4 times in 2021 with learning fights over 8 and 10 rounds before he steps up to the heavily prestigious Lonsdale Belt.
Frank Warren, MTK Global, David Haye, Andy Lee, John Fury and a plethora of other experts in boxing highly praise McCann for his skills, work ethic and potential and believe that he will go on to become a multi-weight world champion and ‘one of the standout boxers in Britain’.
However, it is vital that McCann not repeat the mistakes arguably made by Anthony Yarde or Daniel Dubois and step up too far too soon especially since McCann unlike the other two is far from his man strength and has an impressive amateur pedigree.