McKenna believes Hanney is “worried” about being knocked out on high-profile BoxNation bill

Silence is golden for Tyrone McKenna [12(4)-0-1].

The Belfast southpaw believes Jake Hanney‘s unwillingness to verbal spar during the final press conference ahead of their BUI Celtic title fight this afternoon is proof his second successive undefeated Dublin opponent is ‘worried.’

The former child actor was keen to put on a show for the cameras two days shy of what looks an interesting fight, but his opponent for Friday’s Waterfront Hall-hosted show was in no mood to exchange verbals at the top table.

The rangey southpaw claims Hanney [5(4)-0] was full of bravado when the fight was made, but as fight night closes in, he believes the Dubliner is afraid he is going to get stopped on a BoxNation broadcast show.

“He is full of fake confidence,” McKenna told Irish-Boxing.com.

“He was full of talk, but has been very quiet recently, which leads me to believe that he isn’t confident.”

“He is saying he is confident, but I look at him I can see he isn’t. He is normally a confident, talkative person, but around me he has gone quiet, afraid to say anything. He was saying he was going to do this and that when I am not around, but now he is very quiet that we are in the same room.”

“He is worried about this fight he is worried I am going to stop him.”

Hanney brings the bigger knockout percentage – 80% to McKenna’s 31% – to the clash and has questioned McKenna’s power. However, the Lenadoon man has warned his rival against underestimating the sting his long levers can deliver.

“He actually said before I fought [Sean] Creagh that I haven’t the power to knock out anyone. I am surprised by that because he never sparred me. He should ask the people I have sparred because they all say that I hit hard.”

“Don’t look at my knockout percentage. I was in America were there are no easy fights, he was in Australia!”

That fifth round stoppage of Creagh at the Titanic Exhibition Centre back in November was a bit of a coming out party for the fighther with the brilliant Freddie Mercury mustache.

He showed all his skill set, superb precision and demonstrated how his height and reach could make him an awkward foe for anyone in and around 140lbs.

However, when he looks back at what is a career best win the 6’1″ 27 year old doesn’t celebrate too much, rather he see’s flaws he is hoping to improve on against another Dub this weekend.

“I boxed well against Creagh, but I wasn’t my best. I saw flaws in myself watching it back,” he admitted.

“There was stuff that was there that wasn’t there in sparring. I was sparring well, but when I got in the ring I was too hyped up and some of the stuff we worked on went out the window. Hopefully this time I will be more settled.”

Joe O'Neill

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