Chatham's super-middleweight Danny Shannon (6-7-1, 2KOs) takes on top prospect Umar Sadiq (8-1, 5KOs) tonight at the York Hall on a British Warriors Boxing event.
Managed by Joe Elfidh, "The Cannon" explained how the fight was made, "I was looking for another hard fight and straight away this name came up. Joe offered it to me and I was like 'Yes!' straightaway, 'Let's go!'.
"I've had a week notice but this is what I'm about, I'll fight anyone, any place, any time, it don't matter to me, that's why I'm in this sport."
The Kent puncher, trained by Ray Askew and Sam Latham at the Invicta Gym in sheerness, will have one of his biggest tests against the Nigerian-born 'Top Boxer' from Ilford, Essex. Sadiq has won all five fights this year, four of which ended inside the distance, as he looks to get back to title contention following his defeat to stablemate Zak Chelli in 2018, where the pair put their unbeaten records on the line so very early on in their careers.
When asked about his opponent's high KO count and impressive winning record, Shannon blasted back, "Let's look at the people he's boxed - in the public eye they would think he's mustard, but someone like me, who knows their boxing, knows that he's knocking out plums! His record don't mean sh*t, look at the level of people that he's boxed."
Zak Chelli was successful against Umar Sadiq in their October 2018 fight at the Brentwood Centre. Chelli's game plan was to fight fire with fire during the eight-rounder, which saw him floor Sadiq in the sixth round. He ducked low and threw looping overhand rights and lefts, and combined punches to body and head in a sharp display of boxing skills. The pair went to war over the 24 minutes of pure action, with Chelli edging the contest at 77-74.
Despite Chelli laying down the blueprint, Shannon is adamant that he'll do things his way on fight night, "I won't take nothing from Zak Chelli, I'm my own fighter and I will find a way to win."
Shannon was the first ever signing for Joe Elfidh's JE Promotions back in 2014. The promotional outfit began in Kent, but has now expanded to Luton, East Midlands and Yorkshire and has amalgamated it's different sections to form Boxing Connected. Last night, at the heavyweights version of Ultimate Boxxer, Boxing Connected's Mark Bennett reached the finals against overall winner Nick Webb. Bennett became the third boxer from Boxing Connected to reach the tournament finals after Lenny Fuller and Grant Dennis.
London-based Afghan Sohail Ahmad (13-1-1, 5KOs) will be chief support on the night against Benson Nyilawila (10-2, 6KOs) over 10x3 welterweight rounds as he looks to break into championship contention.
The main event on the night will feature Quaise Khademi (7-0) vs Pedro Matos in a championship contest for the WBO European super-flyweight title.
Former British champion Johnny Garton (23-2-1) and highly-rated Harley Benn (6-1) also appears.
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