The undefeated Belfast fighter takes to the ring against tricky customer Chris Adaway [4(0)-16(4)-2] and seems genuinely pleased that he will be asked questions at the Cardiff Ice Arena on Saturday night.
McKenna is kick-on keen, but has been kicked where it hurts over the last year with fight cancellations prompting inactivity. Then, when he did climb into the ring in May, he left with a technical draw on his record after the clash was stopped after a, accidental first round cut.
As a result the former child actor is excited about facing a fighter most dread sharing the ring with. The Plymouth opponent isn’t your average journey man, he comes and has a go and gave Romeo Romaeo a scare as well as going eight rounds with another prospect Idris Hill just last weekend
McKenna is clear favourite to win and should do so on Saturday night, the challenge will be to look good against Adaway, and if he does so he knows he will finally start moving toward the fights he craves.
“After this win my management MGM and I are really going to start looking for bigger and better opponents. I want harder fights and I cannot wait till we get them,” he said without disrespecting Saturday’s opponent.
“I watched a few videos of Adaway and he causes problems for most of his opponents, so its definitely a nice test.”
“It’s a test to see where I am at and how I handle an awkward boxer. I haven’t boxed many rounds this year due to clash of heads in the first two minutes of the last fight, so hopefully I get a good few rounds in this weekend.”
While The Mighty Celt is somewhat complimentary of Adaway, he is wholehearted in his belief he is going win on a card that includes Jamie Conlan and Gary Sweeney.
McKenna believes he has the greater skill set and expects a big size advantage as the 6’1 fighter moves down to light welterweight.
“Adaway loves to move and has a good jab, but I’m not really worried.”
“My boxing skills are greater than his so anything he does I will have an answer for.”
“I’m coming down a weight to light welter, which I am making comfortably, so I feel I will be too big and strong for Chris and hopefully I can get the knock out.”
McKenna might feel like a new man at light welter, but claims he feels like a new boxer having worked another camp with Danny Vaughn.
“Camp’s gone great as per usual. I’ve learned a lot this camp working with Danny Vaughn. I feel like a new boxer.”