Connor looking to complete double

PUBLISHED: 12:41 08 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:41 08 March 2013

Danny Connor (red shirt) with Mark Tibbs, Billy Morgan and Alec Wilkey at the TRAD Tko Gym (Gianluca Di Caro)

Danny Connor (red shirt) with Mark Tibbs, Billy Morgan and Alec Wilkey at the TRAD Tko Gym (Gianluca Di Caro)


TRAD TKO youngster set for Southern Area title defence

Southern Area light-welterweight champion Danny Connor defends his coveted crown at the Matchroom Sport-promoted ‘Betfair London’s Finest’ event at Wembley Arena tomorrow.

Connor is very much the modern ‘Cinderella Man’ on the domestic scene, having lost four out of his first five fights and drawn the other, before turning his career around in May 2011.

After a close-fought victory over Duane Grimes at York Hall in London, Connor has put his change in fortunes down to coach Alec Wilkey and the world-class sparring he gets at his home gym, Canning Town’s TRAD Tko.

Since his career-changing win, Connor has won six out of seven bouts, including the British Masters welterweight title by a close 96-95 points margin over Tyler Goodjohn.

Four months later he caused a major upset, with a sensational against-the-odds 98-94 victory over previously unbeaten Chris Evangelou to claim the Southern Area belt.

The two meet again tomorrow night and Connor is looking to complete a double.

He said: “I’ve not much to say really, I won the first fight, won it by four rounds.

“I thought I’d won the fight pretty handily so I don’t see what he has to complain about.

“This time around it’ll be pretty much the same thing, but I’m a lot more fitter this time, a lot more healthier than I was last time so don’t be surprised. If I don’t go for a stoppage this time, we’ll see what happens.”

Connor has been working hard at his Canning Town base and believes that preparation will prove key to his hopes of defending his title.

He added: “I’ve been doing a lot of sparring, you get the best sparring at the TRAD TKO.

“I’ve been sparring with Darren Hamilton, Billy Morgan, Tommy Martin, and I’ve done a few rounds with Anthony Upton and a few of the other new boys up here.

“There’s nothing that he’s going to have in his locker to have the upper hand on me. I’m going to retain the Southern Area title, after that I have been told I might have a spot in Prizefighter.”

Connor is also looking at a move to a different weight category, adding: “I’m considering moving to lightweight. If I win a title at lightweight then I’ll have a title at lightweight, light-welterweight and welterweight, which would be nice!”

Tickets, priced £40, £60 and £80, for the Matchroom Sport promoted ‘Betfair London’s Finest at Wembley Arena on Saturday March 9, are on sale now at or direct from Danny Connor at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA.

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