‘Peace in our time’ – the build is polite but Tyrone McKenna assures war is inevitable

Don’t be fooled by the current state of politeness.

Tyrone McKenna [18(6)-1-1] admits the build up to his eagerly anticipated Belfast Dublin derby with Darragh Foley [17(9)-2-1] has been a lot quieter than expected, but warns the current scenario is akin Neville Chamberlain’s famous ‘peace in our time’ declaration.

According to ‘The Mighty Celt’ war remains inevitable and will break out come Friday night.

Indeed, the southpaw believes two of Irish boxing’s best fight builders may begin to lay the foundations for a memorable fight and ‘beautiful war’ once they come face to face in Belfast tomorrow.

“I was actually ready for a creaghsy-ish drama show,” he tells Irish-boxing.com making reference to his back and fort build up with Sean Creagh.

“But there’s been nothing but respectful things said. Then again there is still time yet with the presser tomorrow. When you  have two men making weight who really knows what can happen?”

No doubt the media savy McKenna will have some tricks up his sleeve for tomorrows open to the public press conference and Foley certainly isn’t the shy retiring type.

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Yet regardless of how the pair conduct themselves in front of the press during fight week, the Danny Vaughan trained fighter is adamant the Ulster Hall will play host to an entertaining blood and guts bill topper on Friday night- and it’s a battle he believes he will win.

“I predict a beautiful war in the Ulster Hall. I predict 10 rounds of blood. I predict me to win that belt and look good doing it,” the entertainer adds.

“100 percent this has all the makings for a war. You have two men filled with heart, pride and grit. Two men that like to entertain and a beautiful belt on the line. That belt makes it all the more worth fighting to the death for. There could be blood and guts in the Ulster Hall for sure.”

There have been murmurs with regard to the former child actor trying to avoid another slug-fest. Some are suggesting the rangy southpaw will use his physical attributes and skill set in a bid to box his way to victory. However, the fighter himself holds entertaining on a similar pedestal to winning and if the fans want blood they will get it.

“I’ve always said show me a camera and I’ll show you entertainment. It’s in my blood to entertain fans, that’s what I achieve every single time and that’s what I will achieve this weekend.”


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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