McKinson aiming for milestone win ahead of Irish return in 2017

On Saturday night in his home city of Portsmouth, welterweight Michael McKinson [9(1)-0] will look to round off 2016 with a win.

The 22 year old’s first four fights took place in Belfast, however more recently he has been in action in the south of England, and this weekend he takes on durable journeyman Duane Green [4(0)-21(1)-4].

Should he win, McKinson is hoping to kick on in the new year and, hopefully, fight back on these shores again.

Ahead of the fight at the Liquid & Envy Nightclub, McKinson spoke to Irish-Boxing.com and described how “prep has gone well. I boxed a few weeks back [a four-round points win over Ali Wyatt] so I’m staying fit and active and I feel good.”

Nicknamed ‘The Problem’ due to his elusive style, he explained that “I am a slick boxer, defensively clever, and very awkward.”

A win on Saturday will see the Pompey puncher move to the big ten-and-oh mark, an indicator for many that a step up is due. This is something which McKinson agrees with and promised that “in 2017 we’re on to bigger things. Get this six-rounder out the way and I’ll be 10-0 and ready to make some noise in the welterweight division and hopefully get some titles under my belt.”

Some of this noise may even take place in Ireland as well, and he outlined that “I’m in Belfast a lot with Alan Wilton. Had my first 4 over there, I train in Belfast as well as my hometown of Portsmouth, but it’s easier for me to sell tickets in Portsmouth so I’ve been boxing there recently.”

“But I’ll be back boxing there [Belfast] 2017 hopefully.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie