McKenna laughs of ‘Irish inbred c**t’ jibe but labels Ohara Davies’ new ‘Mr. Nice’ approach ‘fake’

Tyrone McKenna isn’t buying the new Mr Nice Ohara Davies.

After causing more trouble at the Golden Contract weigh in on Tuesday, the English fighter revealed he would no longer play the bad guy at the press conference the following day.

‘Two Tanks’ has on more than one occasion has claimed his antics are a form of marketing and said he is now ready to permanently turn from heel to face, as they would say in the wrestling world.

The Londoner claims he is really a salt of the earth type and claimed he will prove it moving forward.

However, the ‘Mighty Celt’ claims it’s just another act. The fighter, who has had Davies beef for sometime, revealed they had a verbal spar rematch on Tuesday. McKenna believes that’s when his potential future rival’s true colours were on show.

“Things didn’t go totally smooth [on Tuesday]. We got into a few verbals, where he told me to go back to my own country, that I’m an ‘Irish inbred cunt’. In fairness I said a few things back, just the usual,” McKenna said through his usual cheeky smile.

“The shocking thing was he apologized about it the next day and wanted to shake my hand, but I feel that’s him being fake again.”

There were a host who wanted to see the Belfast fighter and Davies trade leather in tonight’s York Hall hosted quarter finals, but the unique draw didn’t allow for that fight to be a possibility this time around.

It’s now one for the semis or even final providing both manage to secure victory live on Sky Sports tonight.

McKenna is pitched against Mickey Sakyi and despite doubling down on his war promise admits he doesn’t know too much about his quarter final combatant.

“I’m happy enough Sakyi isn’t really a name but hes not bad. He carries power, so I will have to be wary of that but, I believe I’m too good for him. I’ve been training for world class opponents so I’m ready for anything,” he continues.

“I’m not gona’ lie and say I know loads about Sakyi, other than it’s a great Japanese drink! However it didn’t take much watching to see he has power and likes to sit in the pocket, which suits me. Give me a phone box instead of a ring any day.

“I predict me to go for a war. I’ve been preparing for a war so it’s what I’m bringing Friday.”

McKenna is loving the hype surrounding the contest and this weekends fights. The former child actor relishes the fight building nature of the game, but does admit the draw format, which ironically generates most of the excitement, wasn’t ideal for him.

The six foot plus southpaw would have preferred to have his opponent from the off.

“I love all the media stuff. ‘Show me a camera and I’ll show you entertainment’ is what I always say. I love any media work, but Tuesday was a completely different set up with the not knowing who your fighting etc, so was a bit tense.

“It’s odd, the whole way through camp I’m usually focused on one man and thinking game plans but I could only look at myself this camp. I had to make sure I’m 100 percent fit strong sharp and ready for anyone.”

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: [email protected]