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McKenna is thrilled as controversial victory sets up date with rival Davies


Final chapter: Tyrone McKenna triumphed last night

Final chapter: Tyrone McKenna triumphed last night

Final chapter: Tyrone McKenna triumphed last night

Tyrone McKenna booked a place in the Golden Contract light-welterweight final against Ohara Davies in controversial circumstances at the York Hall in London last night.

The Belfast man was given the nod on all three cards (96-94, 96-94, 97-93) when it had appeared that Frenchman Mohamed Mimoune had done enough, but 'The Mighty Celt' held onto his WBC International title and set up a date with his rival in June.

Mimoune was apoplectic at the verdict and called for a rematch down the line.

It would be impossible for anyone who witnessed this classic to pass up an opportunity to see it again, but McKenna will meet Davies with a huge prize on offer.

"It's hard to score when you're in there," said the Lenadoon man after what is surely a fight of the year contender. "I knew it was a close fight and Mimoune was a class fighter, but there are three judges there for a reason and all three scored it in my favour."

It was a good opening round for McKenna, who used controlled aggression to assert himself with a solid right jab.

The high pace continued with Mimoune on the front foot and swarming McKenna.

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It appeared the Frenchman was getting the better of things, but the rounds were certainly competitive as the fight entered the fifth, which McKenna clearly won with his boxing from range.

The pattern continued in the sixth and there was just a sense that Mimoune had expended a lot of energy. McKenna continued to move, jab and try to land some rapid combinations.

That wasn't to last as the man from Toulouse had a blistering start to the seventh, pinning McKenna to the ropes and unloading as blood spurted from the Belfast man's right eye.

Still, there was no quit in McKenna.

It seemed it was to be Mimoune's night, but McKenna got the decision.

"I showed the fighting heart in Belfast and came back every time," he added. "That showed as I won. I had to dig deep."

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