‘The Tyrone Show’ is a massive step in the right direction for McKenna


Tyrone McKenna [14(6)-0-1] headlines the first card of his career next month but there will be nothing different in the mind of the Belfast light welter.

The rangey southpaw tops the Ginley Promotions ‘Danger at the Devenish’ card at the Devenish Complex on Saturday September 16th, and it is a natural step up for McKenna.

The charismatic Lenadoon man has buckets of star quality and believes that he will take this progression in his stride easily.

“This might be the first time my name’s been mentioned as headline act – but every show I’m on is the Tyrone show,” he joked when talking to Irish-Boxing.com.

While he has featured on big BoxNation shows recently, the fact he headlines this small hall bill can be a considered a progressive move for McKenna.

The Liverpool-based puncher reasoned that “my last three have all been on TV, but to be headlining my own small hall show is a massive step in the right direction.”

“It shows my name has a big enough fanbase to build a show around it and, with the talent on the undercard, it’s a privilege to be headlining such a strong show.”

“I always do my best to pull out all the stops and make nights exciting – and this wont be any different.”

While the bumper card features solely MTK fighters at present – with Tyrone McCullagh, Steven Ward, Marco McCullough Stevie Collins, Anto Upton, Davey Oliver Joyce, and Gary Cully all confirmed – it will be promoted by former pro Mark Ginley.

Formerly clubmates at Oliver Plunketts, his manager following for a spell after his return from Philadelphia, and a life-long friend, McKenna is delighted to be working with Ginley for this show.

‘The Mighty Celt’ noted that “Mark is a great guy to work with, he always is there to help wherever he can and he’s always working hard to make sure things run smoothly.”

“It’s good to see his career as a promoter blossom this year and running some of the top small hall shows I’ve seen”

McKenna has called out practically the entire Irish and British 140lbs division, and hopes to have a big headline opponent in just over five weeks time.

The 27 year old explained that “my team are busy sorting out an opponent now.”

“We have offered a couple of undefeated fighters the opportunity to share the ring with me so hopefully one of them comes back accepting the offer and it will be 100 percent for a title.”

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