On the undercard of Carl Frampton (27-2, 15KOs) vs Darren Traynor (16-3, 7KOs), hot prospect Dennis ‘The Menace’ McCann (6-0, 4KOs) gets his first real test as a pro against ‘one of Britain’s best journeymen’, Brett Fidoe (13-63-5, 6KOs), according to boxing expert Steve Bunce.
BBN decided to dig up some interesting facts about the talented puncher who earns his wages fighting out of away corners up and down the country:
1. Born in Wordsley, West Midlands, on February 4, 1991, Brett now lives in Evesham, Worcestershire. He is from a travelling community.
2. Aged 11, inspired by his boxing cousins Ernie and Billy Smith, he stepped into the boxing gym for the first time in his life and had his first amateur bout just two years later at 13. He had a total of 18 amateur bouts but quit boxing at 16.
3. Nicknamed ‘The Threat’, he made his pro debut in 2012, aged 21, after a five-year break from the sport.
4. As a pro, he has currently boxed in 81 bouts, only being stopped once over 393 hard rounds with some of the country’s best prospects. He's proud to be able to say that he has never refused any fight offered to him.
5. His 13 victories came against four debutants and nine other opponents with a combined record of 38-1-1.
6. Brett has fought Amir Khan's brother Haroon; WBC World flyweight champion Charlie Edwards and his brother Sunny; English flyweight champ Louis Norman; Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick; Olympian and British flyweight titlist Andrew Selby; and he provided future Commonwealth, European and IBF Inter-Continental flyweight champion and World title contender Jay Harris with his pro debut in 2013.
7. His greatest scalp was beating future English super-flyweight champion Brad Watson in 2015 when he was 10-0, but he has listed Andrew Selby as the most skilfull fighter he has shared the ring with.
8. Fidoe has fought for two titles - against Ashley Lane for Midlands Area bantamweight title in 2015 and also to Marc Leach for the English bantamweight title in 2019, losing both 10-round championship contests on points.
9. Brett trains himself at East Side Boxing gym, managed by Jon Pegg. He spars often with his manager's son, Joe, who Brett describes as being tall and tricky. He can often be seen running up Licky Hill, which he describes as "a killer".
10. He said of his career as an away fighter, "I just wanted to earn some money, win, lose or draw." When at home with his family, he completely switches off from his profession as a paid opponent, only thinking of boxing when in the gym or on his way to a fight. He describes himself as a "chilled out family man."
Before his BT Sport bout with McCann, Fidoe was on the same behind closed doors show just two weeks ago against Everton Red Triangle prospect Brad Strand (4-0, 1KOs).