Great Entertainer Tyrone Mckenna ready for WAR

Tyrone McKenna wants to cement his status as Ireland’s great entertainer when he faces Jose Felix for the vacant WBO Intercontinental super-lightweight title on Friday.

McKenna [21(6)-2-1] returns to action against Felix [39(30)-4-1] on the Conlan Boxing and Top Rank event at Falls Park in Belfast tonight.

‘The Mighty Celt’ was originally due to face Zhankosh Turarov at the event, but a switch of opponent means he now has a dangerous Mexican in front of him, with Felix having 30 knockouts in 39 victories.

The Belfast hero returns to action after competing in the Golden Contract tournament and having entertained throughout fight week the war-loving southpaw has set his sights on stealing the show at the Feile and going down as one of his country’s most exciting ever fighters.

McKenna said: “I’m buzzing. Not only is it just the Feile, but it’s basically the first event with crowds in the North of Ireland that people can attend.

“Belfast being a massive boxing city means the place will be rocking. The last Feile was unreal but I think this one will be more special with it basically being Belfast’s first night out after 18 months of lockdown.

“I’ve watched a few videos of my opponent and he’s what you expect, a tough Mexican. He has 30 knockouts which suggests he’s got some serious punching power, so I think it’s going to be a war.

“I’ve entered this full camp with war on my mind and its what I’m going to bring in the fight. I’m prepared to out-Mexican the Mexican. I don’t care if it steals the show but I know I’m going to entertain.

“My goal is to go down as one of Ireland’s most entertaining fighters and to do that I have to fight the hardest fights offered to me.”

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 sport for a living for 19 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