London ABA finalist Dan Dan Keenan has already had a quick rise to the top in the boxing world. The former Dale Youth amateur star has gone from boxing in the London ABA finals to being on the undercard of David Haye in the space of twelve months.
The West London Welterweight made his debut on manager Steve Goodwin’s show at the York Hall in March aged just 19 and packed the place out, selling close to 500 tickets. That feat has been topped for this Saturday’s show at London’s 02 arena where Keenan features on the undercard of David Haye vs Arnold Gjergjaj. Kennan weighed in on life as a professional, why he turned over and life under Steve Goodwin and coach Barry O’Connell.
“I had been sparring pro’s since I was an amateur and did well. I enjoyed the pro game a lot more that’s why I made the decision to turn professional at 19 and I haven’t regretted it.”
“I’ve signed with Steve Goodwin and I’ve really been enjoying life as a professional. Steve is a good person and a good manager and I am confident he’ll deliver for me as a manager.”
“Training has been going well with Barry and I’ve been out sparring some top boys in London. All in all I prefer it to the amateurs and that’s the main reason I turned professional.”
“Fighting on the undercard of David Haye is a dream come true. The last year has been an unbelievable journey, going from fighting in the ABA’s too fighting at the 02. I can’t wait for Saturday night.”
Keenan has followed in the footsteps of Super Middleweight stars James DeGale and George Groves at Dale Youth ABC however it is another British Super Middleweight legend that the likable London lad looks up too.
“I’ve always wanted to follow in the footsteps of George and James as they have gone on to become massive stars in British boxing however I watch a lot of Joe Calzaghe and hopefully I can emulate his style and success in the future.”
Keenan’s debut came at the York Hall in March where close to 500 people came to show him support. Those in attendance were not disappointed as Barry O’Connell’s charge displayed why he was so highly regarded as an amateur. The all action has promised more fireworks on Saturday night at the 02 arena.
“I was happy with my first performance and I hope that everybody had a good night at the York Hall. It’s a bit of a different setting this weekend and I know I have to put on a better show and I’m confident that I’ll make sure I sent my supporters home happy in what’s going to be a brilliant night of boxing.”by