Published: 22:18, 04 December 2021
| Updated: 10:06, 05 December 2021
Unbeaten boxer Dennis McCann dedicated his 11th straight win to his close friend Johnboy Cash who died in a horror crash.
The 20-year-old Maidstone bantamweight dominated all eight rounds against Argentinian Juan Jose Jurado, 35, at London’s Copper Box Arena.
He fought with his friend’s name on his shorts and afterwards said: “I want to dedicate this fight to my good mate Johnboy Cash who passed away a few weeks ago. It’s been a tough camp.”
Promising McCann, who has been tipped for great things by world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, was all over his opponent from the start and even found time to showboat on his way to victory.
Johnboy, 19, dad Johnny, 44, ‘Smiler’ Cash, 25, and Jacko Cosgrove, 18, were killed on their way to watch Fury’s trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder when their truck crashed on Lehman Road, Headcorn, in October.
Jerry Cash, 15, was seriously injured but is on the way to recovery.
After the tragedy McCann paid tribute to the men and Fury also paid his respects.
“To be honest with you I think my knuckle is broke, I’m very confident it’s broke. It was a good learning fight,” said McCann after the fight.
McCann, known as The Menace, suffered a cut after an accidental clash of heads but ultimately cruised to victory in an entertaining fight.
McCann, who lives near Headcorn, added: “I’ll fight anyone who comes in front of me.
“I’ll be back in 2022 ten times better, ten times stronger.”
Lightweight Sam ‘Midge’ Noakes, 24, from Maidstone, also fought on the bill, earning his eighth knock out from eight professional fights against Shaun Cooper clinching the WBC International Silver Title in the process.
Chatham’s Karol Itauma, 21, ended his fight in the first round with a crunching body shot.