Tyrone McKenna out to show skills he picked up in Philadelphia

Tyrone McKenna
Tyrone McKenna

Tyrone McKenna will use all the experience he picked-up in the tough gyms of Philadelphia when he takes to the ring at the Devenish Complex in Belfast on February 7.

Classy southpaw McKenna has fought five times in the USA as a professional and the Devenish will be his first show on home soil.

The Belfast fighter has been in Philadelphia for the past few years and he says his stint in the States will benefit him in the long run.

“Training and sparring in Philadelphia was tough but it was a fantastic experience. Philadelphia is a boxing town and I had loads of great spars there. I learnt so much and they way they fight in America is so different to the way they fight in Europe.

“I now know how to box against both styles and that will benefit me in the future,” he added.

McKenna has two very young children and he says he is not sure if he will return to his base in America.

“It is hard being away from the kids - so I may stay here and try and get a manager in England or Ireland.

“Boxing is buzzing in Ireland with Carl Frampton and Andy Lee being World champions. There is a buzz about the place and I want to be part of that,” he added.

McKenna faces Teodor Stefanov at the Devenish and he says victory is the only thing on his mind.

“Winning at the Devenish would give me five wins from five professional fights.

“I want to get to 10-0 as soon as possible and then look for a shot at the Irish title. I just want to keep winning and see where that gets me,” he added.

Meanwhile Kell Brook will make the first defence of his IBF welterweight title against Romania’s Jo Jo Dan at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on 28 March.

It will be Brook’s first fight since he was stabbed while on holiday in Tenerife last September.

Brook, 28, won the world title last August with a points decision over Shawn Porter in the United States.

Victory for Brook would pave the way for a fight against one of the division’s marquee names this summer.