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Gone in 60 seconds AGAIN! Stevie McKenna scores another first-round KO

Stevie McKenna scored a seventh career first round knockout in London tonight.

It took one of Ireland’s most malicious fighters just over a minute to take out late replacement Jack Ewbank on the Hennessy Sports card at Crystal Palace.

Some may suggest the Monaghan welter took out his frustration at seeing his title fight fall through on the English fighter – but the evidence confirms McKenna always takes an aggressive approach.

Tonight was his tenth inside the distance win and he has only been in the professional ring 11 times. It was also the seventh time he prevented his opponent from reaching the second round.

No mercy McKenna wasn’t going to show Ewbank any gratitude for stepping in late and allowing him to fight until after the final bell- and he was intent on ringing the bell himself and early. The 24-year-old jumped on his rival from the off and dropped rapidly. Ewbank got to his feet but as per usual the scent of blood only inspired ‘The Hitman’ to up the aggression levels, he went for the kill and got it 1:08 into the round.

After another quick stoppage, those who suggest rounds may be needed for the Hennessy fighter’s progression will raise their voice again. McKenna has heard that argument before and the fighter, whose team offered Florian Marku six figures to fight, always has the same response, he gets his rounds in and learning done in sparring.

The Monaghan favourite was due to trade leather with Aziz Quartey – in what looked like an interesting clash of punchers – for the IBF Youth world title on the card.

However, the Ghanaian failed to make weight. Indeed, he missed the welterweight limit by a massive 16lbs, weighing in at 163lbs to ‘The Hitman’s 146lbs.

Ewbank stepped in a late notice, something he may regret now.

The wins sees McKenna improve to 11-0 with 10 knockouts while Ewbank now was a losing record that reads 4-5.

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