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Aaron McKenna to make pro debut on massive American card

Ireland’s youngest pro will make his debut on the biggest of stages.

18 year old Aaron McKenna will make his paid bow next month at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York, on a massive Golden Boy Promotions bill.

The Monaghan light welterweight will fight on the Miguel Cotto v Sadam Ali WBO light middleweight title undercard in the Big Apple.

An outstanding underage amateur, McKenna turned pro recently with Golden Boy after over a year of courtship and has relocated to Los Angeles with trainer Courage Tshabalala.

Fighting under the moniker ‘The Silencer,’ McKenna will debut in a four-round bout against a to-be-confirmed opponent.

The Ulster teen’s fight will be streamed live worldwide via Ring.TV, opening said portion of the broadcast.

The bill in just over two weeks time will be legendary Puerto Rican Cotto’s final fight and the undercard will also feature a vacant WBC bantamweight title fight between Rey Vargas and Oscar Negrete, Angel Acosta vs. Juan Alejo, as well as appearances from Ronny Rios, Eddie Gomez and Zachary Ochoa.

While Donegal middleweight, and McKenna’s managerial stablemate, Jason Quigley, was initially scheduled by Golden Boy to appear on the card, he will now wait until the new year to return to the ring following a nasty hand injury.


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