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Aaron McKenna Blocking out Background Uncertainty ahead of Ring Return

Aaron McKenna [14(7)-0] is not one for double jobbing or even multi-tasking.

The Monaghan prospect points out his job is to fight and his focus is solely on making sure he performs and completes his duty to the best of his ability.

Promotion, matchmaking, TV contracts, and the like are not part of his remit and thus not his concern, he points out when speaking to Irish-boxing.com.

So when his promoter Hennessy Sports parted ways with Channel 5, a platform that had served both McKenna brothers [Aaron and Stevie] well – and just when the 22-year-old had won the WBC World Youth title and looked prime to kick on – he didn’t bat an eyelid.

The Smithborough middleweight stuck to his job remit and just went about his work, staying ready for the kind of call Boxxer eventually made.

“Since December, me and my brother haven’t left the gym, so we’ve always been in shape and we’ve always been ready, so once I got the call I was in good shape to take this fight,” he explains to Irish-boxing.com.

“That’s the way we always like to keep it, so whatever happens we never get fazed. We’re always disciplined we’re always
ready for anything.”

Mick Hennessy wasn’t long about securing the talented and popular young fighter a fresh opportunity and he goes from the Channel 5 spotlight to getting Sky Sport’s treatment.

The younger of two pro boxing brothers faces a yet-to-be-confirmed opponent on Skydome Coventry-hosted Boxxer card on Saturday and feels it’s a massive chance to build his profile.

“Sky is a huge platform to be fighting on. I’m really looking forward to this one. There’s always a big audience watching the Sky Sports shows. You always get a big name out of it fighting on Sky. Hopefully, in the future, I get more big fights on it. I’m just really looking forward to the one on the 25th of June and making sure I get the win.”

Having moved from Eddie Hearn and Matchroom to Boxxer, Sky are somewhat in a stage of transition when it comes to their boxing coverage. They are looking for new talent to help build toward stardom, so a standout performance on Saturday could work wonders for McKenna’s chances of becoming a regular on the platform.

He seems well aware of that but again remains unfazed, as standout displays are also part of the job remit and McKenna is good at his job.

“I always want to make a statement. No matter where it is or what it’s on the plan is always to make it as exciting as possible, to make a big name for myself and to make big noise. So going into this fight I definitely want to make noise and get my name out there.”


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