Unbeaten bantamweight powerhouse Andrew Cain (7-0, 6KOs) came straight out of his seventh successive win with a stark message to his divisional rivals, namely English titlist Liam Davies (8-0, 3KOs) and rising star Dennis McCann (9-0, 5KOs), and that statement was to “Face me!”
On April 30, Cain bested Manchester’s Stephen Jackson (1-1, 1KO) over four-rounds at the York Hall on the undercard of Sunny Edwards’ stunning world title win over long-reigning IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane.
On his seventh contest and first time going the distance, Cain reflected, “Overall, I got the win, so I got what I wanted, but in a six-rounder he’d have had no chance.
“First time I’ve been four rounds so I’m happy. He was there to survive, he was running, might as well have been on motorbike! It’s done now, got the win so I’m happy, onto the next one.”
On the subject of the next one, the 24-year-old let his ambitions be known for all to hear, “I’d like to go and fight for the English bantamweight title against Liam Davies. I’ve boxed him three times in the amateurs and smashed him every time, so let’s see if he wants to avenge the defeats and get back in there with me.
He asserted beyond question that this was the fight he most wanted to happen next, “Definitely! Get on the phone and get it sorted.”
Trainer Paul Stevenson added, “I think it’s a great matchup. Liam is 8-0, Andrew is 7-0, and both were talented amateurs. They actually boxed each other three times and Andrew won them all, so maybe Liam is looking for revenge.
“Andrew is a throwback, he feels he is better than anyone in his division and would genuinely fight anyone.
“Liam is a good champion, and good champions aren’t afraid to take real challenges on, so let’s hope this fight can be made soon.”
The bantamweight division is highly competitive in the UK right now, with former world title champion Kal Yafai and European titlist Lee McGregor sitting atop. However, there’s another fast-rising prospect in the ranks making headlines that Cain has his eye on – Dennis McCann.
“He’s got a path mapped out and I’d love to snatch that away from him,” Cain declared. “It’d be a different performance as I wouldn’t go so gung-ho, but I’d box his head off, so get the fight made and I’ll show you all.”
The 24-year-old Liverpudlian is trained by Paul Stevenson at the Everton Red Triangle gym, along with promotional stablemates Nick Ball (13-0, 6KOs) and Brad Strand (4-0, 1KO), also signed to Queensberry.
The talent-laden, 100-year-old gym is also home to prospects Harry Woods (4-1), Jonathan Walsh (4-0, 1KO), and Jack McKinlay (2-0), as well as Olympian Peter McGrail, currently in training for the Tokyo Olympics this year.
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