‘The Hitman’s ready’ – Stevie McKenna promises to put on a show for the cameras

Stevie McKenna [4(4)-0] is adamant he is going to make the most of the big platform he has been given.

The Monaghan fighter will feature on the undercard of Alex Dilmaghani’s European super-featherweight title challenge against champion Samir Ziani, live on Channel 5 on the first weekend in September.

Undefeated in four fights since turning professional last year, McKenna, whose victories have all come by KO inside two rounds, has impressed stateside.

His clash with Kris Pilkington [2(0)-7(1)-1]] represents his first this side of the Atlantic and he is excited about the prospect of exciting new fans.

McKenna is revved up to fight in the UK for the first time as a professional.  He said, “The Hitman is ready! I’m looking forward to making my first appearance in the UK with Hennessy Sports.”

“I’m in really good shape and ready to put on an exciting show.  I’m delighted to be fighting on free TV in the UK on Channel 5. It’s a fantastic opportunity for my friends, family and fans to finally see me in action. This is just the platform I need to build my stock. I can’t wait.”

Sheer Sports, the 24-year-old Freddie Roach trained fighter’s management company, are as excited about McKenna as a prospect as he is about fighting on TV next time out.

Speaking about a fighter who won Commonwealth Youth Gold, European Youth silver and was and an Irish Elite National title all within a year, Sheer Sports vice-president Lyle Green promised the prospect won’t disappoint come September 5th.

“Stevie McKenna is the best, most exciting, up-and-coming fighter in boxing.  Thank you to Mick Hennessy for giving Stevie a chance to showcase his world class talent in front of the entire UK and Ireland on September 5th live on Channel 5. He will not disappoint.”

Show promoter Mick Hennessy claims it’s an ‘honour’ to have McKenna on the card.

Hennessy added, “This is a real honour to have this talented young man feature on my September 5th event.  I’d like to thank Sheer Sports for allowing Stevie to fight on the card and I’m sure he will go down a storm with fans and viewers here.” 

“I’ve been well aware of Stephen’s quality and credentials for many years due to my close links with the Irish boxing scene and also knowing his family.  He is one of the most exciting boxers to emerge from Ireland in recent years.” 

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