Aaron McKenna given testing match-up for third pro fight


Aaron McKenna [2(1)-0] will take a step back up this Thursday night when he returns to the ring.

The Monaghan welterweight will fight at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, on a Golden Boy on ESPN card this Thursday night [March 12th] for the second time in a month.

McKenna features in a four-round contest on the undercard of Francisco Vargas v Rod Salka and it has today been confirmed that he will face Keasen Freeman [4(2)-1(1)].

Freeman, a 20-year-old from South Carolina, racked up a 4-0 record in the U.S. South before cutting down to light welter and being brought in as an opponent for Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell, brother of the WBC featherweight champ, at the Barclays Centre in New York last month where he was stopped in the second round.

It looks to be a solid match-up for Ireland’s youngest pro who is being kept encouragingly active Stateside.

18-year-old McKenna was given an extremely testing debut in Las Vegas in December where he outpointed Travis Conley. This was followed up last month with an easy first-round stoppage of Jose Palacios in Los Angeles.

The teenager has relocated to the U.S. West Coast for his assault on the pro game where he is managed by Sheer Sports and promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie