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Dennis McCann Dominates Brad Strand to Claim British and Commonwealth Super Bantamweight Titles

Dennis McCann
Brad Strand
Dennis McCann
Brad Strand

 Dennis McCann vs Brad Strand
 WBO European and vacant Inter-continental Super-bantamweight Titles
 Saturday 16th March 2024
 Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, England
 Queensberry Promotions
 TNT Sports

In a highly anticipated clash between two unbeaten super bantamweights, Dennis McCann put on a dominant performance to defeat Brad Strand and claim the vacant British and Commonwealth titles. After 12 one-sided rounds, McCann was awarded a wide unanimous decision with scores of 118-111, 116-111, and 116-112.

The fight, which had significant ramifications for the winner, gained even more significance when Liam Davies vacated the Lonsdale Belt ahead of his battle with Erik Robles. McCann, 23, who had recently left his long-time trainer Al Smith and joined forces with Joe McNally in Liverpool, didn't look for an easy fight to adjust to his new corner.

McCann's southpaw jab was the critical punch from the outset, and he quickly established control. In the second round, he hurt Strand with a left hand followed by a brilliant right hook, sending the Liverpool native heavily to the canvas. McCann's left hand continued to find its mark throughout the round, although Strand did land a right hand as the round ended.

Strand began to find his feet in the third and fourth rounds, but McCann remained patient and comfortable with the fight's tempo. Toward the end of the fourth, he hurt Strand with a straight left hand and began targeting the body in the fifth.

As the fight progressed, Strand struggled to find sustained success against the constantly moving McCann, whose punches were faster and harder. In the sixth, McCann hurt Strand with a left hand to the body and began to showcase his variety, leaving Strand bewildered and offering little in return.

Strand mounted a stand in the eighth, trying to counter McCann with hard punches, but his shots had lost their sting. McCann went hunting for a finish in the tenth, landing a nice right hook and stalking Strand, but he loaded up with single shots rather than putting his punches together.

In the eleventh, Strand had his best round of the fight. He bravely dug in and out-landed McCann, sometimes forcing him onto the back foot with his right hand. However, aware he was on course for the victory, McCann took his foot off the pedal and coasted over the finish line.

With this impressive victory, Dennis McCann, now 15-0-1 (8 KOs), produced the best performance of his career and claimed the British and Commonwealth super bantamweight titles, cementing his status as one of the division's most promising young fighters.