Connor: Tell Martin I’ll Come To His Back Yard, Smash Him Up And Take His Title
British Masters Welterweight and Southern Area Light Welterweight Champion
Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor has his eyes on an even bigger prize in the New
Year, Steve Martin’s newly won WBU Light Welterweight International Title.
Hackbridge, Surrey’s Connor has had a magnificent year on the Championship
trail. His first big scalp of the year was that of Ely, Cambs’ exciting
young prospect Tyler Goodjohn, who he beat by a single point in a
storming, all action British Masters Welterweight Title Battle Royale at
York Hall back in May.
His second was even bigger, Eddie Hearn’s then unbeaten star, Enfield’s
Chris ‘The Flash’ Evangelou, for the vacant BBBofC Southern Area strap at
Hearn’s Matchroom Sport promoted mega event at Alexandra Palace in
Connor now wants to move on from the domestic to the International scene
and the challenge to Pieta, Malta’s Steve Martin seems to be a logical
Martin, who won the coveted belt last Friday with a fifth round stoppage
over German hard man Sabri Ulas Goecmen, is far less experienced than
Connor, having only fought seven times previously to the Surrey man’s
Following another grueling training session, at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in
the heart of London’s East End, a clearly irked Connor spoke of his
intention to rip the belt from the grip of Martin.
“I want to get it out there that Steve Martin from Malta is a fraud, he’s
fought no one and I want to go over there and smash him up and take his
If he’s a man, he should accept my challenge. I’m not even saying I’ll
fight him over here, I’ll come to his back yard and bash him up.
So if you’re a man Steve let’s get it on, let’s do this, I’ll come to your
back yard and I’ll smash you up in front of all your mates, whatya say
British boxing talent Deion Jumah signs long-term deal with Team Sauerland
Team Sauerland is pleased to announce the signing of British amateur star Deion Jumah. A two-time ABAE Cruiserweight Champion and former England international, Jumah will be joining a stable of cruiserweight champions including Marco Huck (WBO), Yoan Pablo Hernandez (IBF) and Mateusz Masternak (European).
Boxing out of London’s famous Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club, which amongst others has produced Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves and European Super-Middleweight Champion & Olympic gold medalist James DeGale, Jumah has already amassed an impressive amateur record (22-1, 13 KOs). ”At this stage of his career he is as good as anyone I have ever trained, including Groves and DeGale,” said Mick Delaney, Head Coach at Dale Youth A.B.C. ”He has got everything going for him and can definitely go a long way.”
Having spurned the advances of a number of British promoters, Jumah has opted to sign with Team Sauerland. ”I met Nisse Sauerland in London and we got on really well,” said the 23-year-old. ”I grew up watching Sauerland fights. As a cruiserweight I always followed boxing on the European scene as the division is stronger there than in the UK or US. It is an honour to think that I can now be a part of that.”
The powerful southpaw is relishing the unique opportunity he will be given at Team Sauerland. ”A lot of fighters do not get the chance to travel until later in their career and it can come as a shock to their system,” said Jumah. ”From the beginning of my career I will be fighting all over the world and at home in the UK. I will be gaining valuable experience which will help me become a worldwide star.”
Jumah remains unfazed by the prospect of turning professional. ”I think my style is more suited to professional boxing,” he remarked. ”I enjoy big crowds and a big ring. Even as an amateur I always went for the big shots and stoppages. I love fighting, this is who I am and this is what I am made to do.”
Promoter Nisse Sauerland has no doubts over Jumah’s ability. ”We hit it off from the moment we met and as soon as I saw him fight in the ABAs I knew he could go all the way,” said Sauerland. ”I aim to keep him as busy as possible over the next few years and have him fighting all over the world. Deion is a promoter’s dream and I am sure we are looking at a future world champion.”
Jumah is set to make his professional debut on February 9 as part of Team Sauerland’s Nordic Fight Night series at Blue Water Dokken in Esbjerg, Denmark. In the main event of the evening, 21-year-old Danish star Patrick Nielsen (17-0, 8 KOs) will make the third defence of his WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title. Tickets for the show are available at billetten.dk.