Danny Craven: I Don't Want To Face Journeymen For Easy Money

By Matt Bevan

When it comes to prospects in boxing, we’re used to seeing them in straight forward fights, where a win is practically guaranteed, as they gain experience in the ring, get used to that winning feeling and pad the record to boost their credibility.

Some move on quickly to a standard of fight, whilst others remain on the same course before falling flat in their first real test. Very few take risks in the early stages of their careers. Step forward Danny Craven who wants to buck the trend.

The Warrington welterweight is not a name that immediately draws recognition. He hasn’t come from the Olympic squad or does he have a contract with one of the big promoter’s who hold a TV deal in the UK, but what he has done is take a risk early in his career to prove himself a name to keep an eye on.


Craven is now 3-0, following a points victory over 12-1 Nathan McIntosh, and he is aiming to do things a little differently alongside his manager and former fighter Kieran Farrell.

He told Boxing Scene: “It’s been a little bit overwhelming since I won and it’s not sunk in properly yet, but I’m already ready for the next one. It was a risk to face McIntosh, but I believe in myself and there was no point in facing journeymen, when I could put myself out there in a real fight.

“I want to go out there against a real fighter who, like me, is prepared to put it all out on the line, whereas most fighters skip a few and pad their record out. For example, Conor Benn. Who has he actually fought? I’ll fight him on July 1 and I know I’m on the shortlist for that, although he probably won’t take it.

“Taking on journeymen is easy money. But what’s the point? I don’t want that. You can either settle for the easy route or take a risk and do it the hard way. I believe I’m doing this the right way and so does Kieran, so I’m going to go for it and have no regrets.”

As for his manager, Farrell is already building a reputation of securing his fighters opportunities and putting on exciting shows, with genuine 50/50 fights that are gaining attention among UK crowds.

He is proud of Craven and the route he has chosen to go down and is backing his man to achieve big things in the sport.

Farrell added: “It was sink or swim for Danny and he came through with flying colours and is hungry to achieve more.

“I’d rather be associated with guys who want to prove themselves, rather than those who want to build an unbeaten record against guys who have no ambition. If Danny continues to take real fights and ends up at 8-2 after no fights, then there is no shame in that.

“But for real, this guy can fight and he’s not in the sport to mess around. He has big ambitions and I genuinely believe he can be in and around British level in 2018, especially if he keeps picking up wins like he did against Nathan McIntosh. No other welterweight in the UK was taking that fight, but Danny did in just his third fight and bossed it. He’s a star of the future.”

Craven, who only made his debut last November, now holds the British Challenge belt, which he admits isn’t highly regarded, but knows that it can be a stepping stone towards securing bigger fights with more significant belts on the line.

The 24-year-old finished by saying he has his eye on securing an Area title by the end of the year, before really stepping up in class in 2018.

He said: “The title I won is nice to have it, but it is in reality a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

“We all want titles, so I feel like I have done well and got something to show from boxing, but it’s got me going and I want even more now. I’ve definitely got my eye on a Central Area title and I want one by the end of the year, which would mean even more to me than the Challenge belt.

“Then I’ll be ready to go up to English or even British level and pay back the faith that Kieran has put in me. He doesn’t waste his time with anyone and I want to prove I’m as good as he says I am. Like I said, I don’t want to have any regrets and I’m going to continue putting myself out there in real fights.”

Tags: Danny Craven image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ceylon mooney on 06-19-2017

very cool this guy takes risky matchups

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Marciano's Son: Mayweather Should Not Be 50-0 With Win! Video: Joe Cortez Discusses Mayweather vs. McGregor, More Payano Easily Out-Boxes Santiago, Wins Unanimous Decision Ladarius Miller Beats Jamel Herring; Ashley Theophane Loses Photos: Jack-Cleverly, Cunningham-Tabiti - FaceOffs at T-Mobile Video: Malignaggi Discusses Conor McGregor Confrontation Photos: Mayweather, McGregor - Grand Arrivals at T-Mobile McGregor: Mayweather Praying That I’m Struggling to Make Weight Video: McGregor, Malignaggi Nearly Erupt at T-Mobile Arena McGregor, Malignaggi in Heated Confrontation at Grand Arrivals Video: Mayweather, McGregor Camps Near Scuffle at T-Mobile Cleverly Feels Win Over Badou Jack Will Secure Andre Ward Shot Mayweather Believes McGregor is Struggling To Make Weight Carl Frampton is Urged To Sign Promotional With Eddie Hearn Crawford-Indongo Telecast Averaged 965,000 Viewers on ESPN Former Sparring Partner Admits McGregor Was Not Hard To Hit Eubank Jr: Mayweather Will Be More Aggressive, Will Go For KO Shane McGuigan Removes Carl Frampton From Twitter Bio Mayweather-McGregor News; Burnett-Zhanat Zhakiyanov, More TMT's DeJuan Blake: McGregor is Awkward, Mayweather is Ready Paul Hyland vs Stephen Ormond on October 21 in Belfast Jeff Horn: I'd Fight Mayweather Like Maidana Did - But Consistent! Cotto Unfazed By All the Attention Paid to Mayweather-McGregor NSAC Head: McGregor is Younger, Stronger, Longer, Big Puncher Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo: Post-Undisputed Report Card McGregor's Trainer: No Doubt Mayweather Gets Knocked Out! Estrada Training Hard, Expects High Drama With Carlos Cuadras Euro News: Virgilijus Stapuliones, Frenois vs. Dib, More Ellerbe: Mayweather Brought Boxing Back, People Talking Again! Malignaggi: The Boxing World is Laughing at McGregor! Roy Jones Jr. and BeIN Sports Ink Television Deal For Events Harmonito Dela Torre Furious Over Saul Rodriguez Withdrawal McGregor KO Would Resonate Far Beyond Weekend in Vegas De La Hoya: Canelo Took Mayweather Fight Too Soon, Better for It Cleverly Expects Mayweather To Stop McGregor Inside of Six Retirement Crosses Canelo's Mind, But Not Ready to Walk Away McGregor Motivated By Dismissive Boxing Fans, Vows to 'Educate' Samuel Vargas Edges Ali Funeka Over Ten Rounds Mayweather-McGregor: Camps Warned To Avoid Confrontations Photos: Payano vs. Santiago, Herring vs. Miller - Official Weights

Latest Active Forum Threads