Golden Boy prospect Aaron McKenna set for Texas Showdown

Aaron McKenna [11(7)-0] will look to make it the perfect dozen when he returns to the ring later this month.

‘The Silencer’ is penciled in for a Texas showdown and will fight a yet to be confirmed opponent in America on April 23.

The bout will be the exciting Monaghan prospect’s first of 2021 and his first since becoming the first man to stop Jordan Grannum last December.

The fight will also represent the Golden Boy prospects first with Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach in his corner. Roach, once a coach of Bernard Dunne, Dean Byrne and Jamie Kavanagh, is working with the McKenna brothers Aaron and Stevie, who fights in Brittian in May, but has yet to get a chance to man either corner, something which looks likely to change next month.

McKenna revealed the news last night but we await specifics in terms of venue, opponent and potential TV.

Considering he was a five-fight-a-year man, COVID hit McKenna more than most. He was robbed of serious momentum and only got out once last year. The ambitious and entertaining 21-year-old is always in the gym and his sparring resume reads like a who’s who of modern boxing so he may not require a ring rust-freeing bout.

If he is to progress rapidly toward world level the talent will be looking for some named opponents and precieved tests this year.

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