McKenna has shot himself to prominence with three big wins over Irish opposition, winning and defending the BUI Celtic light welterweight title with stoppages over Dubliners Sean Creagh and Jake Hanney before a points win over Anto Upton – who had stepped in to replace Sutcliffe on the Frampton-Donaire undercard last month.
The rangey southpaw faces another All-Irish clash on a mouthwatering June 30th Michael Conlan homecoming undercard but the result will be different this time around warns his familiar opponent.
Indeed, Sutcliffe [14(9)-2(1)] went to great lengths to let the undefeated Belfast fighter know he faces a completely different of calibre of opponent on the BT Sport-broadcast clash.
Following a knee injury suffered a month out, Upton stepped in to replace Sutcliffe on the Frampton-Donaire bill and what took place that night has only boosted Sutcliffe’s confidence further.
The Crumlin puncher felt McKenna struggled badly with his fellow Belfast man and described how “at best, he got a draw in his last fight, at best.
“We will see on the night but after his last performance I wouldn’t be thinking to much into it,” declared Sutcliffe.
‘The Mighty Celt’ McKenna has becoming a name of increasing prominence on the domestic scene with his succession of wins as well as his call-outs
When the Belfast southpaw began to call for a Sutcliffe fight last year it seemed to rile the Dubliner who noted how “Tyrone has been shouting all names and acting the Billy Big Balls. Sure look, these things happen, and that’s why you’re in the game, to fight everyone.”
“The fight is back on now, unfortunately I had to pull out of the last fight due to a knee injury which is healed now and, hopefully, stays that way during this camp..”
“He didn’t want to come down and spar me the last time.”
“Billy Big Balls – we will see in anyway on the night.”
Sutcliffe, who holds an amateur win over the Lenadoon boxer, doesn’t particularly rate McKenna.
He described how “Tyrone is a fighter, a southpaw fighter, he’s tall, he’s rangey but sure anyway that fights me is tall, regardless – I’m 5’6” – that won’t make any odds
“He is a decent enough fighter but it’s just another fight to me. I’ll get that out of the way and move on, try get myself back to winning ways. I’ve had a long time out of fights, in and out of fights, and I just want to get back on the boat and get the fights rolling again.”
“It’s a fantastic bill and congratulations to Mick on getting his homecoming, finally, for the Belfast people and there will be a lot of Dublin people traveling up to see Michael himself fight on the bill. It’s a great bill.”
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