McKenna-there’s a particular style I’m more compatible with, it’s not awkward and it’s brought by Kiss

MUCH to the delight of many kissing has been confirmed as good for you- and whilst Tyrone McKenna won’t be locking lips when he returns to the ring on Saturday night, he claims a Kiss will be good for him too.

His opponent Istvan Kiss, that is! The Belfast fighter was felt somewhat disappointed after his Belfast debut last February, claiming Teodor Stefanov ensured a sloppy bout.

The 25 year old welterweight had to be more pragmatic than panache as he registered his sixth straight win, and whilst it won’t quite be ‘all aboard the showboat’ in the Anderstown Leisure Centre on Saturday, but McKenna is confident Kiss’s come to win approach will enable him to showcase his skills.

“Last time out the boxer I was fighting it made it a sloppy fight,” McKenna told

“He did a lot of holding, backing off, tried head butts and the like, so I wasn’t able to box to my full ability. I had a look at Istvan Kiss on YouTube and he seems perfect in terms of showcasing the skills that I have. He comes to fight there’s no holding and no sloppiness from him, so it should be a great fight, it’s also a step up in class and rounds which I’m excited about. I feel the better opposition I face the better I box.”

Former Greenblood puncher McKenna also believes fans will see the benefits of him getting regular fight action. His fight this coming Saturday comes just six weeks after his last.

“Having a fight right after another is something I am not used to, but it’s great feeling. I would normally have to wait three or four months until my next fight, so you could put on weight or get a little out of shape, but with fights constantly coming in I’m always training and not struggling with weight or fitness. It also helps with climbing the rankings faster so in that regard it’s great,” McKenna added before discussing his re fight camp and his 2015 plans.

“Training has been great. I’ve been training with my long time club mate Tommy McCarthy in the Oliver Plunkett club with Patsy Mcallister and Jimmy McGrath. I’ve had hard training this time around and have been sparring Dee Walsh, which is great sparring. I’ve also been doing strength and conditioning with Mark Ginley, which has really helped improve me this time round.

“The plans for 2015 is simple. I want to continue having fights close together, taking steps up in class every time, get high up the rankings and hopefully by the end of the year be 10 or 11 n 0 with some sort of title around my waist.”


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