News April 2014

Danny Cassius Connor slams “over-pricing” rivals ahead of title fight


By Michael J Jones

Tomorrow night at York Hall, Bethnal Green, Hackbridge light-welterweight Danny Cassius Connor begins his 2014 campaign in a bout for the British Masters International Gold title. While the 27-year-old has endured one of his best training camps ahead of the clash, the 10-8-1 Contender has also had to endure the frustration of waiting to find out his opponent.

The London-based former Southern Area champion alleges that several ranked fighters have refused to face him by pricing themselves out of contention. Speaking exclusively to Livefight a few days ago, Connor pulled no punches when discussing his next ring appearance.

“I was supposed to fighting for the Masters International Gold title but I’m not sure if that will go ahead now” Danny reveals over the phone. “We’ve really struggled to find an opponent after many guys turned it down. People just want too much money; this isn’t a big show on Sky they should be more realistic.”

“For this fight I’ve grafted my b***ocks off yet the money people are after I’d have to shift 200 tickets just to earn anything! It’s a load of bulls**t, I wanted a good title fight yet I might end up fighting some journeyman.”

Despite his understandable frustration of finding an opponent, Connor is full of praise for his camp under head coach Alec Wilkey. After overcoming a bout of food poisoning at the start of his training camp, the former Prizefighter finalist has had top-quality gym work and sparring as he explains.

“Training has gone brilliant, I’ve been sparring Frank Monkhouse, Tommy Williams (who's also on tomorrow's bill), (former Prizefighter opponent) Charlie’s been a good bunch of lads to work with. I can’t fault my camp at all, me and Alec have been working on loads of different things and I’ve put 100% in.”

Danny turned pro in February 2010, not scoring a win in his first five contests. He admirably soldiered on and between 2011 and 2013 went 8-1, picking up both the British Masters and Southern Area titles. He holds two victories for the latter belt over fellow contender Chris Evangelou after entering the first bout as the clear underdog.

In July last year Connor entered the light-welterweight Prizefighter and proved the ‘live underdog’ as expected by those in the know, out-scoring Charlie Rice and Ryan Taylor on his march to the final. Although he was to be stopped in two rounds by Welsh star Chris Jenkins after injuring his ear, Connor had proved his patchy record was more than misleading.

The plucky Hackbridge fighter would end 2013 by dropping a close decision to lose his Southern Area title to Tony Owen before being defeated in his ten-round rubber match with old foe Tyler Goodjohn. All fighters react differently to defeats but Danny insists his recent setbacks have been little more than learning experiences.

“The Jenkins loss in Prizefighter I think had a lot to do with the (tournament) format so fair enough, Tony Owen I thought I beat if I’m honest and I learned a lot from that and the Tyler Goodjohn fight.”

“I left things too late in the Owen fight and learned to get things done early in the fight. There were even things during both fights I picked up on. Those defeats haven’t put me back much and this year I know will be a big year for me.”

Are there any particular fights or titles he will be chasing?

“Well I’ve given up calling out (11-0 Carshalton prospect) Ricky Boylan, he’s not interested and has made it clear he isn’t interested so there’s no point talking about him anymore. I think he knows what would happen if we fought. After this fight my plan is to drop down to lightweight and fight for the Southern Area title or any other meaningful belt. I’d fight the winner of Floyd Moore and Adam Dingsdale no problem. What ever fight which will get me back on top.”

Note: Moore is set to defend his Southern Area lightweight title vs Dingsdale in the near future.

Early in his career, Connor would drop a six-round decision to Tyler Goodjohn. Two years later the pair would meet for the British Masters welterweight title with this time Danny prevailing by 96-95. In the two rival’s third bout last October, Goodjohn would take a clear 98-93 decision.

It’s therefore somewhat of a surprise that the two have been sparring together recently…isn’t Danny sick of the sight of him by now I quip?

“You know what I like Tyler and was absolutely gutted when he lost recently to Tyrone Nurse. I’d love to fight (Goodjohn) again, we’re evenly matched and it’s always a good hard fight. Even at lightweight I’d move back up to fight him again.”

“We could box four or five times and be like a domestic Marquez vs Pacquiao! Obviously at a lower level but we could meet a few times more it’d always be a good fight between us.”

Connor signs off with a final battle cry…

“There’s loads of young fighters out there happy to just face journeymen but that’s not me I want tough competitive fights. I’m coming back with a bang this year and chasing titles and I don’t care who I fight I’ll face anyone to get back on track.”

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