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Confident McKenna eyes shot at British glory

By David Kelly

Published 26/10/2016

Good stead: Tyrone McKenna says his experience will be crucial
Good stead: Tyrone McKenna says his experience will be crucial

Tyrone McKenna is hoping that victory on November 5 at the Titanic Exhibition Centre will push him into the mix for a British light-welterweight title eliminator.

Belfast man McKenna faces fellow unbeaten fighter Sean Creagh of Dublin on the supporting bill to Jamie Conlan's Commonwealth super-flyweight title clash.

McKenna is one of a number of Belfast fighters on the show and will be bidding to deliver an eye-catching victory against Creagh.

Having enjoyed a successful amateur career, former Ulster senior champion McKenna believes that early schooling could well be a key factor in the eight-rounder with Creagh.

"My amateur pedigree is 10 times better than Creagh's. On top of that I've the experience of spending my first 30 months as a pro fighting and training in the US," said McKenna.

"I've a lot more experience. I'll need to show him there are levels, and I'm far higher than he is.

"I'm faster, more skilled and, the way I've been training, I even expect to be fitter. He doesn't worry me in any department. Whatever he brings, I do better."

Should he come through victorious, McKenna then has his sights set on a good test at the start of 2017.

"I don't want to be hanging around, I want to have a fight that will push me into contention for a British title shot or something like that," added McKenna.

"I know the level I am showing in the gym and what I can do.

"For this, I've been sparring Stephen Ormond, Derry Mathews, Tom Stalker and Sam Maxwell and I've handled all brilliantly. Ormond is a perfect copy of Sean Creagh - short, strong, in your face.

"Fighting another unbeaten Irishman has brought a lot of talk both in Belfast and down in Dublin. There's a real buzz about the fight. I've not fought in Belfast myself for almost a year and a half so tickets have been flying out."

Meanwhile, 2012 Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor looks set to turn professional with top promoter Eddie Hearn.

The Bray woman has been linked with a move to the professional ranks since missing out on a medal at the Rio Olympic Games in August.

Taylor lost narrowly to Finland's Mira Potkonen at the quarter-final stage of the women's lightweight competition.

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