Lewis Benson has rubbished Tyrone McKenna doubting his fighting spirit and claims he’s already outclassed his towering Belfast visitor in sparring.
‘Kid Caramel’ plays host to ‘The Mighty Celt’ at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena on November 30 with both men looking to bounce back from their sole career defeats in an intriguing super-lightweight collision.
The verbal warfare ignited almost as soon as the match-up was announced and with McKenna questioning Benson’s desire earlier in the week, the Scot has fired back.
Benson said: “I really don’t know how he can question my heart. I had a bad eighth round in my last fight and I came back like a champion in the ninth.
“He’s talking about his ‘relentless’ style but I don’t even think it’s relentless. It’s just someone walking forward and throwing mad shots. I don’t think he’s relentless at all.
“I’m smarter than he is. He goes in for wars with people who are 5ft 7. He won’t have the chance to do that with me because I’m going to be moving and playing with him all night. I’ve got faster hands than him. He’s had more stoppages than me but I’ve felt his strength and his power doesn’t bother me.
“You can call this a crossroads fight. We’re both coming off our first loss and are both looking to bouncing back. I’m going to be the one bouncing back and using this as a springboard for big title fights.”
With the social media war with McKenna ongoing, Benson has also exchanged pleasantries with his rival’s close friends Paddy Barnes and Tyrone McCullagh.
Addressing this, Benson added: “There’s been some good banter on social media with the likes of Paddy Barnes. Another one – who I don’t even know – is Tyrone McCullagh. I know he’s really good friends with McKenna but I can’t wait to wipe the smile off his face as well.
“I have no nerves. I’m looking forward to it more than anything. I’m going to shut him and his mates up with a great performance. He’s either daft or deluded thinking he can beat me.”
Talented Scotsman Lewis Benson has assessed the wealth of talent in the MTK Global stable at super-lightweight and simply stated: I’ll fight ANY of them.
‘Kid Caramel’ fought valiantly against unbeaten stable-mate Johnny Coyle before falling to a points defeat in Belfast last time out but is targeting another top 140lb name for his next opponent.
Benson said: “To be honest, I want to go straight back in. There are so many super-lightweights at MTK Global so there are fights there.
“If I have to have a tune-up fight before a title fight next up, I’ll do it but if I can go straight to a title fight then I’d take that.
“Scottish boxing is going to be taken to another level now with Danny Vaughan. There are going to be big shows and we’ve got TV straight away. It’s going to grow and grow. They’ve signed some new fighters too.
“I’m excited for the future and I’m looking forward to it. There are that many MTK Global fighters and I want to fight on an MTK Global show and be involved.
“I still want the rematch with Johnny Coyle too so if you’re watching – Johnny, let’s do it again!”
MTK Global Scotland has a new complex in Glasgow
The new MTK Global Scotland gym in Glasgow’s Holytown is up and running and trainer Danny Vaughan is forecasting a bright future for both his own charges and boxing in the area in general.
The professional boxing gym and performance centre will welcome people of all ages as it becomes a pillar of the local community as well as providing training camp bases for a host of world-class MTK Global fighters.
Vaughan said: “I’m delighted to have this gym finished and fully functional. The fighters are already thriving in there with the likes of Sean McComb, Tyrone McKenna, Paddy Barnes and Sam Maxwell working away.
“It’s great to have a proper headquarters in the heart of a boxing hotbed like Glasgow and the equipment we’ve got here is second to none.
“As well as providing a base for the professional fighters in our stable we want the facility to become a hub for the community. This city has always been a proud fight city and the talent pool here is phenomenal.
“It all bodes very well for the future and Scottish boxing is going to keep on progressing. We’re very proud to be playing such a key role in that and this gym is another significant landmark to celebrate.”
MTK Global hosted a big night of boxing in Glasgow at Emirates Arena back in August and is set to announce further fight night dates in the city in due course.