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‘Everyone in boxing knows I beat McKenna and knows that if we fight again, I’ll beat him again’ – Ohara Davies not the only one gunning for ‘Mighty Celt’

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Lewis Benson [12(2)-2(0)] believes Tyrone McKenna [19(6)-1(0)-1] will do all he can to swerve a rematch in the Golden Contract tournament.

Scotland’s Benson seized his chance to enter the colossal super-lightweight tournament, which will be broadcast on Sky Sports and ESPN +, and is hopeful of renewing hostilities with Belfast’s McKenna.

The pair partook in a highly entertaining war in November 2018 bout in Glasgow which resulted in a McKenna points decision.

Benson hasn’t been quiet with regard to disputing the result and with the November 22 quarter-finals drawing in he has again claimed he was hard done by late last year.

The Scot also believes the pairs fight will be on McKenna’s mind ahead of the fight week draw. The ‘Mighty Celt’s’ former foe believes the Belfast southpaw will be trying to figure out how to avoid a rematch.

“I saw the Ohara Davies say in an interview that I beat McKenna and I shared it. Everyone in boxing knows I beat McKenna and everyone knows that if we fight again, I’ll beat him again,” Benson said.

“It wouldn’t bother me whether I beat him on points or knock him out. I know he won’t pick me if he has the chance to because he knows what happens and he knows it will happen again if we fight.

“McKenna doesn’t want to speak about me because he knows what happened that night. There was only one person celebrating afterwards and he was trying to stop me from rubbing it in because I’d smashed him that night.

“If the rematch happens, I would do the exact same to him. He’s said I’m beneath him in the past but I’m beneath nobody in this entire tournament and I know for a fact that I’ll beat McKenna if we meet again.”

Joining Benson, McKenna and Davies in the race for the life-changing contract are Zhankosh Turarov, Mohamed Mimoune, Anthony Yigit, Darren Surtees and Logan Yoon.


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