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McKenna eager to put on show as he gets ready to face Sakyi


Tough test: Tyrone McKenna takes on Mikey Sakyi
Tough test: Tyrone McKenna takes on Mikey Sakyi
David Kelly

By David Kelly

Tyrone McKenna says he is relishing the chance to "showcase" his skills when he faces Romford's Mikey Sakyi in their Golden Contract quarter-final at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday night.

The draw for the light-welterweight competition was made yesterday on Sky Sports and McKenna was happy to be matched with Sakyi, while he still expects that a clash with Ohara Davies can happen either at the semi-final or final stage.

McKenna will start favourite against Sakyi but insists he cannot afford to switch off against an opponent who will be seeking the biggest scalp of his career so far.

"Sakyi is a good puncher and he will be coming into this fight knowing this is the biggest opportunity of his career to make a big statement," said Belfast man McKenna, whose training base is in Scotland.

"For Sakyi it's the chance to prove a point but for me also I want to make people sit up and take notice of me. It's my first time on Sky and I want to really showcase my skills.

"I want to show how well I can box, to use my natural height and reach advantages but I also want to entertain. So, it's about entertaining at the right time rather than just having a tear-up.

"The main thing is that I focus on doing a good job and getting into the semi-finals. I'm out to go all the way."

McKenna will be putting his WBC international light-welterweight title on the line in their 10-rounder and is hoping that should he win the tournament it will leave him very close to a world title shot. The winner of the Golden Contract is guaranteed a six-figure deal with a top promoter.

"I would hope that if I can win the final I will have a good ranking with the WBC after three good wins," added McKenna.

"I've certainly put in the hard work for this. Mentally and physically I'm in great shape."

Meanwhile, on Saturday night fellow Belfast man James Tennyson is aiming to secure a shot at the British lightweight title.

Former European super-featherweight champion Tennyson will take on Welshman Craig Evans in a final eliminator at Liverpool's Echo Arena.

Tennyson will be confident that his power will prove to be the deciding factor.

The bill, which is being screened by Sky, will be headed by Callum Smith's latest defence of the WBA super-middleweight title against John Ryder.

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