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‘Hitman’ takes out another foe – McKenna continues knockout start

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It took it a little longer than usual, but Stevie McKenna registered another stoppage victory on Saturday night.

The Monaghan prospect had accounted for his first three pro foes within the first round, but was taken past the second bell in America this time around.

Gonzalo Carlos Dallera [6(5)-7(6)] took the Smithborough native into the second stanza for the first time in his career, but couldn’t extend the fight much further.

Early in the second round of a Hawaiian Gardens hosted clash, the older of the two boxing brothers made the Argentine pay for a period of aggression, McKenna landed a beautifully timed body shot.

His foe felt the pain took a step back and the ‘Hit Man’ stepped it up. Sensing his opponent was hurt the Sheer Sports fighter went for the kill and took out Dallera.

The stoppage was the 22-year-old light welterweight’s fourth from four fights and his fourth win in just seven months as a pro.

That will most likely be McKenna done for the year, but he looks certain to be kept busy in 2020.


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