Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Boxing

I've already had tougher tests than McKenna: Catterall

By David Kelly

Jack Catterall is convinced he will burst the bubble of Tyrone McKenna when they clash at the SSE Arena on Saturday night.

Catterall puts his WBO inter-continental super-lightweight title on the line against Belfast man McKenna in a battle of unbeaten fighters on the supporting bill to Michael Conlan's intriguing homecoming clash with former world title challenger Adeilson Dos Santos of Brazil.

Lancashire man Catterall has his eyes set on a world title shot before the end of the year and says he is primed to handle the threat of McKenna.

"Tyrone is not my toughest test to date. I've been in tougher fights than this one will be," said Catterall, whose best win was a points decision over former British champion Tyrone Nurse.

"Nathan Brough was a tough amateur and I knocked him out. Tyrone Nurse achieved more than McKenna. Nurse had some good wins and lots of momentum before I fought him.

"I've also sparred McKenna myself. I sparred him before my British title fight once or twice. He's a southpaw and very tall but the way he fights is fine for me.

"The way Tyrone fights, it looks like he's not shy in coming forward to have a go and that suits me down to the ground. He's there to be taken out."

The winner of Saturday night's clash could well be lined up to face the brash Ohara Davies, who has decided not to be at ringside to witness the action.

"I want them both to lose so hopefully there is a double knockout or a draw. If there was a double knockout that would be perfect. I would be the happiest man alive if that occurred," said Davies.

"To be honest, I don't think McKenna is very good and he is going to get spanked inside five rounds. McKenna knows how to talk a good game, but I don't think he has any talent.

"He hasn't fought anyone good in his boxing career and when he fought anyone half decent he had life and death.

"I was going to go to Belfast and watch the fight, but I have decided to stay safe and watch on TV. I don't think I am a fan favourite in Belfast."

The show will also feature rising Belfast welterweight star Lewis Crocker and debutant Sean McComb.

Belfast Telegraph

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph