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Tyrone McKenna gives Ohara Davies fight update following latest win

Ohara Davies will have to march to the sound of Tyrone McKenna‘s beat, warns ‘The Mighty Celt’.

Post his tick-over win against Oscar Amador in the Ulster Hall on Friday night the Belfast light welter intimated that the outspoken and controversial star was next.

The Lenadoon southpaw was under orders to not to mention any names, but the smile and even glint in his eye said it all.

Not to mention the talk around the Ulster Hall was that the fight which McKenna [18(6)-1(0)-1] has long since called for was close to be made.

In fact, rumours on the night suggested that only some last minute demands from the English fighter have prevented it from being officially announced.

However, the always-cheeky McKenna is confident the fight will be confirmed soon – because he is the man and he gets what he wants.

“I can’t say much! It’s going to be a massive one. It’s the fight I really want and hopefully it happens soon,” McKenna said after his win.

“It’s happening because I am Tyrone McKenna and whoever I pick to fight, it happens. My manager makes it happen, I make it happen. Tyrone McKenna does the talking and people have to do the walk into the ring with me.”

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It seems what would be an eagerly anticipated clash with Davies [18(14)-2(1)] was first intended for a soon-to-be-announced May 17th Belfast card but McKenna doesn’t believe it will happen on that show.

“There was talk about it being May, but I think more than likely it will be after May on another show or a show overseas. I don’t think it will be the May one. I don’t care where it is. My fans travel and they love an away day.”

McKenna was speaking after his 60-54 win over Amador on the undercard of Luke Keeler’s entertaining win over Conrad Cummings and he was more than content with the work-out and his performance.

The 28-year-old was under orders to avoid the kind of wars he endured in 2018 with Anto Upton, Jack Catterall, and Lewis Benson, and felt he followed the gameplan.

M”I was told to go out and box and I think that is what I did. I didn’t give him a war. The opportunity to go to war was there, but I stuck to the game plan and did what [trainer] Danny Vaughan told me to.”

“I think I looked well tonight, I looked much better than I have previously when I wasn’t thinking and just got into wars,” before stressing he was happy enough with a brief step away from the limelight.

“I think that kind of fight keeps you accurate, keeps you ticking over, and keeps you ready for big fights. I would rather be here ticking over than going stale in the gym.”


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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com