Tyrone McKenna promises Sayki beautiful quarterfinal war

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Tyrone McKenna [19(6)-1(0)-1] predicts it will be more war masterpiece than boxing masterclass as he readies himself for an all action Golden Contract clash this coming weekend.

There was some degree of disappointment when ‘The Mighty Celt’ avoided nemesis Ohara Davies and Lewis Benson in Tuesday’s eagerly anticipated Golden Contract draw, but the Belfast fight assures there will be fireworks regardless.

The six foot plus southpaw is both lauded and criticized for neglecting his skills and not making use of his physical attributes in favour of having a dust up – and despite increased stakes this Friday night he is adamant he won’t change.

The 28-year-old was chosen by Southern Area champion Mikey Sakyi [8(4)-2(0)] during the Repton hosted draw. The English fighter believes the Belfast entertainer would provide him with the best chance of making a memorable TV debut – and it seems McKenna agrees and is willing to oblige.

“He said he picked me because he wants his first TV fight to be exciting and everyone knows that I always bring entertainment,” McKenna explained.

“If he’s coming for a war, so am I so it should be a beautiful night.”

Regardless of how the win is achieved, the Danny Vaughan trained fighter believes such will be his display that fans will be left in no doubt as to who will be the massive promotional contract on offer.

“On Friday, I’m putting on a performance that will show I’m going to win this competition. I have no doubt in my mind and after Friday, I don’t think anyone else will.”

The former child actor only became aware of who he would be at the York Hall on Tuesday afternoon, but he already seems aware of his opponents capabilities.

McKenna had done some homework and isn’t too concerned with regard to the challenge that awaits.

“I’ve seen a bit of Mikey Sakyi fight on YouTube. I saw him beat Siar Ozgul and it seems he has a bit of power but there’s nothing too concerning.

“He’s good on the back foot too but I believe I’m better in most if not every department.

“The fact he can hit doesn’t concern me. Most fighters I’ve fought have power and I spar Sam Maxwell, who is one of the hardest hitters in the division around here.”


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