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Tyrone McKenna determined to fire out warning to UK’s big hitters


By David Kelly

Unbeaten Tyrone McKenna admits he has never had a better opportunity to prove that he is overdue a shot at a major super-lightweight title.

Tomorrow night, the Belfast man will be live on Sky television as part of the supporting bill in the SSE Arena. He was supposed to take on Tommy Coyle but now meets eccentric Frenchman Renald Garrido instead.

For McKenna, it is all about putting on a show and, he hopes, ending his position in the super-lightweight division as the man that everyone is staying well clear of.

“I really feel that I’m being avoided — who wants to face a dangerous 6ft 1in southpaw? But I’m hoping that the UK fans and Sky will see how good I am and doors will start opening,” said McKenna.

The Belfast man will aim to turn back the threat of Garrido before heading back to his dressing room to check out Twitter and see how the British title fight between Jack Catterall and Tyrone Nurse turned out.

“I just want to look good and if I can knock this guy out then I’ll make a big statement. It will let people know I’m ready for the big boys, the top guys in the UK, and I’d love to face the winner of Nurse and Catterall,” he added.

“I was gutted that the Tommy Coyle fight didn’t happen because he would have been a good name to have on my record, but I’m still getting the exposure on Sky television. This guy is a bit nuts but he can fight and has caused a few upsets despite his patchy record.

“I have to grab my opportunity on such a big stage... I want to get to where Ryan Burnett is, being the main attraction one day.”

McKenna’s old Oliver Plunkett amateur boxing club gym-mate Tommy McCarthy will shake off 11 months of ring rust tomorrow night as he seeks to kick-start his career.

McCarthy suffered a surprise defeat in a British cruiserweight title eliminator last year and is now eager to get back in the mix.

“I just need to get going again, get a win and then I’m pretty confident that I’ll be out again before Christmas,” he said.

“I want to be in position for some big fights in 2018.”

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