Chatham’s Danny Shannon (6-7-1) will tackle Midlands Area champion Jamal LeDoux (8-1) on November 30 at Kings Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, on a Carl Greaves Promotions show.
‘Lethal’ LeDoux was named mandatory challenger to the English super-middleweight title in the recent BBBofC Circular and is scheduled to clash with Frank Warren’s prospect Zak Chelli (7-1) in February 2020.
When asked if the prospect of fighting an English title contender would provide added motivation to the away fighter, Shannon The Cannon replied in typical form, “Couldn’t give a flying f**k if he was fighting for the world tittle! As soon as that bell rings, he’s getting some serious leather thrown at him!”
Shannon will enter the fight following the best form of his career, having put together three wins on the spin for the first time ever during his paid punching profession.
The 28-year-old, signed to manager Joe Elfidh’s Boxing Connected promotions, defeated unbeaten Kyle Hughes (2-1) on October 12 at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham. He upset the home fighter with a wide 59-55 points score over six-rounds, becoming the third undefeated fighter that Kent puncher has beaten.
Full of determined confidence, he added “When I win, it’s not gonna’ change nothing, at the end of the day he’s just another fighter in front of me with that ‘0’ and I’m doing what I do best by taking that ‘0’ from him, no f**ks given or respect!”
2019 has so far seen Danny, Joe Elfidh’s first ever signing back in 2014, winning all three of his fights, two from the home corner and the last one from the away.
His first eight fights between 2014 and 2015 were all on the road, but he managed to get his hand raised three times – two wins and one draw against opponents with a combined record of 10-1-2.
He returned to boxing after a three-year break due to family commitments and so far won four from six bouts.
He experienced his first fight in the home corner, which was a special moment to him to have the fans cheering him on for the first time in his career. He stopped durable light-heavyweight Scott Hillman (0-38) in the fourth and final round with a stunning knock down that had the crowd up on their feet.
He then secured a shutout points victory against Bryn Wain (0-28) in an all-action affair that saw unending punches thrown for a full six rounds of pure entertainment. After the fight, Danny was awarded with a special ‘Promoter’s belt’ to honour his achievements by manager Joe Elfidh.
Although the experience of performing in front of his home crowd was rewarding, he confesses to preferring playing the bad guy, “The difference fighting at home or away, I must admit I’ve only boxed at home twice, but when I fight away I get more off a buzz because I’ve got nothing to lose, I’m not trying to keep that ‘0’ or protect my record, so yeah I’m more dangerous fighting in the lion’s den.”
Shannon is trained by Ray Askew and Sam Latham at the thriving Invicta Gym in Sheerness. His teammate and main sparring partner, unbeaten Charlie Shane (7-0), is aiming for the Southern Area super-middleweight title early next year.
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