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Former unified World Champ next for Tyrone McKenna

Tyrone McKenna [22(6)-2(0)-1] is closing in on a fight with former world champion Regis Prograis  [26(22)-1(0)].

Reports suggest the light welterweights are in advanced talks and have early 2020 fight plans.

Former unified world champion Prograis revealed last month he was McKenna keen, saying he wanted to see just how tough the serial entertainer is.

The American didn’t take too kindly to ‘The Mighty Celt’ telling him he had no chance of defeating the man who took his two titles off him back in 2019, Josh Taylor, in a rematch – or the fact the six-foot plus southpaw poked fun at his height.

Upon confirming war lover McKenna was at his weight the suitably insulted Texas native called him out and ‘The Mighty Celt’ said he was happy to oblige.

Things have escalated since and according to Sports Illustrated the American and Belfast fighters look set to share a ring early next year.

Considering Prograis profile, standing, talent, and achievements it would be by far the biggest fight of McKenna’s career.

The American previously held the WBA and WBC light-welterweight world titles, only losing them in a classic with the aforementioned Taylor, which is the fight seen by some as a potential pound-for-pound pick’s, sole defeat.

Speaking after his victory over Mexican Jose Felix Jr on the Feile, McKenna revealed his new career road map to Irish-boxing.com. The Belfast fighter made it clear he wants to win hearts more than he wants to win titles.

The Belfast fighter’s new ‘goal chart’ doesn’t make for difficult reading, in fact, it has one word written plastered all over it, ENTERTAIN.

“I’m going to entertain every single time,” he said.

“Some fighters want to be world champion or win this belt or that belt, I don’t think about that. I think about entertaining, I think about what’s the hardest fight out there for me, who will make for a fan-friendly fight and how can I entertain the fans the most. Who wants a world champion that’s cherry-picked all his opponents and bored his way to the title. If I’m going to be world champion I want to do by beating the toughest men I can in fights fans remember.”

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