BOXING: It won’t go past four rounds says Tyrone McKenna

Tyrone McKenna
Tyrone McKenna

Tyrone McKenna is confident he has the tools and the fire power to see off Sean Creagh at the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Saturday night.

Belfast fighter McKenna will take on Creagh for the Celtic Nations light welterweight title and McKenna is convinced he will be the better, fitter and stronger man on the night.

“It won’t go past four rounds. I’m fully confident coming into the fight.

“I’ve got my own goal of how I want to perform and what I want to do in the fight, and I’m hoping to do it,” McKenna told irish-boxing.com

And McKenna believes moving the MGM Gym in Spain has improved his game in the months he has been there.

“I think I’ve adapted well to being a pro. Now that I’ve been training with Danny Vaughan he has really changed my style. I feel the professional style suits me.

“It’s crazy, I’m realising now that I hadn’t being training right at all. I’ve completely changed my diet, strength, fitness, speed, everything’s all just levels ahead now.

“Vaughan has completely changed my style, not giving too much away before my fight, but he has got me settling down on my punches more, being a lot sharper, and learning how to pace yourself in the longer rounds.

“It’s a different Tyrone McKenna now, and it’s a fitter Tyrone McKenna now.”

The bill is the first to be held at the Exhibition Centre and McKenna’s clash with Creagh has created lots of attention - but McKenna is loving being in the spotlight.

“It’s crazy, but I did expect it. It’s two Irish guys fighting each other, both undefeated, it doesn’t really happen.

“So when it comes about everyone in Ireland gets on board and there’s a buzz. It’s good for boxing, it’s starting to look good in Ireland.

“I don’t feel pressure, I don’t get nerves.

“The only people who get nervous going into exams are the people who don’t study, who don’t revise, and I’ve put in the effort and the work so I’m not nervous and I don’t feel any pressure.”

Jamie Conlan will top the bill at the Belfast venue while Paddy Barnes and Steven Ward will make their professional debuts.

Belfast’s James Tennyson and Marc McCullough will also feature.

Phillip Sutcliffe Jnr, Sean Turner, Con Sheehan, Stephen Ormond, Declan Geraghty and Gary Sweeney will also fight on the night.

Meanwhile Belfast welterweight Paddy Gallagher has secured a British title eliminator in London on November 18.

Gallagher will look to continue moving towards the British title on another Cyclone Promotions undercard in an eliminator against Zimbabwe-born Reading fighter Tamuka Mucha who has 15 wins from his 15 fights.