McKenna 'will have last word' over trash-talking Creagh
Unbeaten Belfast man Tyrone McKenna wasn't expecting the verbal assaults coming his way at yesterday's press conference but is adamant he will have the final say when he meets Sean Creagh.
Light-welterweight McKenna meets Creagh - the Dubliner is unbeaten in four fights - for the Boxing Union of Ireland's Celtic title on the Titanic Exhibiton Centre show and hopes victory will act as a springboard to the fringe of the British title mix.
"I know what I'm capable of and the level I can compete at," said McKenna, for whom Creagh had some spicy words ahead of their clash on a bill which also has a good match-up between Dubliner Phil Sutcliffe and Chris Jenkins. The Welshman has twice been the distance with British champion Tyrone Nurse.
A fired-up Creagh said: "I'm really looking forward to this one. I'm looking forward to causing an upset.
"He says that 'I'm a White-Collar pro' so he better back that up on Saturday. All I can say to Tyrone is you better leave your ASICS at home, you can't knock me out if your're on the back foot.
"If you look through his record, who has he fought? He's only had three stoppage wins in 12 fights.
"He goes on like he's Gennady Golovkin but he doesn't have any power.
"I can't wait to show everyone what I'm all about in front of the BoxNation cameras. I'm going to knock Tyrone out."
McKenna remained relatively calm and is keen to show he deserves the opportunity of fighting at a higher level.
"He hasn't tasted defeat yet so he's very confident going into this fight. He's been running his mouth on Twitter in the build-up to Saturday's fight but he knows deep down that he's scared of me.
"He can't beat me; not a chance. After I knock out Sean Creagh I'll be pushing for domestic titles.
"This fight isn't going past four rounds. I'm too good for him and we both know it. I can deal with anything he throws at me; there's only going to be one winner come Saturday night."
Known as the 'Mighty Celt', McKenna has had a slow burning career but is hoping that 2017 can be a year in which he can raise the bar.
"Next year has to be the one when I get the chance to have some big fights. I want to be facing the best in the division," added McKenna.