Commonwealth Super Bantamweight Champion Dennis McCann will face Ionut Baluta this summer in London
Dennis McCann will face a huge test against perennial European level contender Ionut Baluta at the York Hall, London, on the 18th August, live on TNT Sports (formally BT Sport).
McCann who won the the Commonwealth title against Joe Ham Jnr last November was due to be out in April, however injury prevented his return. He will return to the ring against in August, headlining his first show.
At just 22 years of age McCann is seen as one of Britain’s brightest prospects, having had TV exposure on debut, on the undercard of Billy Joe Saunders vs Shefat Isufi at the Stevenage Football Stadium in May 2019. He has been a regular feature on BT Sport since, with impressive wins against the previously mentioned Joe Ham Jnr, as well as James Beech.
Ionut Baluta is a name that fight fans will know well. His aggressive all action style has caught the attention of fans in Britain and Ireland, as the Romanian has become a regular fixture in British rings.
Holding multiple upset victories over big names like TJ Doheny, David Oliver Joyce, Brad Foster and most recently Andrew Cain earlier this year in a fight of the year contender, as well as extremely competitive fights with Michael Conlan and Liam Davies, Baluta is certainly an extremely good acid test for any prospect looking to push onto the world scene.
Should McCann get through Baluta there is potential for a huge domestic fight with Liam Davies down the line (should Davies beat Jason Cunningham in July) to unify the Commonwealth, British, and European titles. The winner of this bout will be in prime position to challenge for a world title in 2024.
McCann vs Baluta Undercard
British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Nathaniel Collins (12-0, 6) will defend his titles against Raza Hamza (17-1-1, 7). The Scot from Bearsden won his title double by defeating James Beech Jr in March.
The vacant WBC International super featherweight title will be on the line when Southampton star Ryan Garner (13-0, 7) steps in for his maiden championship challenge following his thrilling second round stoppage of Eduardo Valverde in May.
The Queen of Queensberry, Raven Chapman (6-0, 2) will make a defence of her WBC International featherweight title ahead of a proposed challenge for an interim world title next time out.
Featherweight Umar Khan (6-0), super welterweight Khalid Ali (5-0, 3), welterweight Sonny Liston Ali (6-0) and super welterweight Joel Kodua (2-0) complete the card.