Tyrone McKenna has warned Scot Lewis Benson there is no possible route to a home victory in the pair’s hotly-anticipated showdown in Glasgow on November 30 – live on BoxNation.
Belfast’s McKenna (16-1-1-KO6) travels to Emirates Arena to take on ‘Kid Caramel’ (10-1-KO2) and many feel the best chance of victory for ‘The Mighty Celt’ lies in forcing an all-out war with his host.
Although never one to shy away from exchanges, McKenna has dismissed question marks over his ability to outbox Benson.
McKenna said: “There is no way he’s better technically than me. He moves more but that doesn’t mean he’s better technically. His movement isn’t even effective – it’s just standard running around the ring and any boxer can do that.
“I believe I’m better in every department. A lot of people doubt my technical ability and think I’m just a brawler but that’s not true. If you watch me against Renald Garrido, I was boxing on the back foot, showing my technical ability.
“I went around the world as an amateur because I’m a good technical boxer so I dismiss all claims to the contrary.
“I hold every advantage over him. I’m taller, faster, stronger, fitter and I have more heart. I have a better engine. I can not see me losing. Sometimes you have doubts in camp but I wholeheartedly believe I’m better than him at absolutely everything.
“Of course he’s going to try and avoid all exchanges. He’s said that he’s going to box and move in numerous interviews but I don’t think he realises how relentless I am and how difficult it is to hit me clean. Fighting me is more difficult than it looks.
“You saw what I’m like against Jack Catterall. You saw the levels I can go to. I don’t believe Benson is ready for that kind of relentless fight because I don’t believe he has the heart for it. Not many do.”
Tyrone McKenna may have been overwhelmed by praise and support since Saturday’s narrow and brutal defeat to Jack Catterall but never wants to taste defeat again.
‘The Mighty Celt’ overcame an early onslaught from WBO-ranked Catterall and came on strong in the latter stages of a brutal contest in Belfast – eventually losing out on a close but unanimous decision.
The home fighter’s defiance in the face of an impressive Catterall brought deafening roars from all four corners of a packed SSE Arena and with millions watching on BT Sport, the public reaction to McKenna’s first professional defeat has been purely positive.
McKenna (16-1-1-KO6) said: “Everyone is showing a lot of love. I’ve never had so many messages. Everyone is telling me I’m a warrior, that I proved my level and that they can’t wait to see me fight again.
“The feedback has been great and I’m really grateful for it all. The fact remains that getting beaten isn’t ideal and hopefully it’ll be the last time it ever happens.
“I’ll give Jack great credit – nobody has hit me as hard as he did in those first two rounds. After that, either I adjusted to it or he got a little weaker, but he’s very good and hard to hit clean in return. He has a weird stance.
“I’ve always known I was tough. In sparring I get battered early and then come on strong. I knew I’d start slowly against Jack and then come in to the fight in the latter stages.
“I have more courage than I thought. I took some heavy, heavy shots in there and laughed them off and came back. My corner was considering pulling me out at one stage but there was no way I was going to let that happen.
“I’m left with nine stitches and six staples but fights like that just make me want to fight every week.”
Lewis Benson has dismissed Tyrone McKenna’s claims he can win the Glasgow crowd when the pair clash at Emirates Arena on November 30.
Scotland’s Benson (10-1-KO2) plays host to Belfast McKenna (16-1-1-KO6) but with ‘The Mighty Celt’ basing his training camp in Glasgow, the visitor is expected to enjoy a degree of support on the night.
According to ‘Kid Caramel’, though, it will stop well short of fulfilling McKenna’s prophecy that he’ll turn Benson’s fans into his own with his entertaining style.
Benson said: “He says he’s going to steal my fans but how likely is that? There’s one chance of that happening and that’s ‘no chance.’ My team supports me through everything and they’ll be there in their numbers. They’ll make some noise and Tyrone will know all about it.
“The support I receive is unbelievable. I’m just buzzing to get into Glasgow and put on the performance of a lifetime. Everyone wants one of their own to win and I’m sure I’m going to get a great win for Scotland.
“This is just a massive night for Scottish boxing. MTK Global is getting properly involved and the match-making on the card is unbelievable. There are some top fights on the night and I’m thrilled to be involved with one of them.”
As well as firing back at McKenna, Benson addressed a social media exchange with his opponent’s gym-mate Paddy Barnes.
Benson added: “Paddy Barnes is Paddy Barnes. You have to take everything he has to say with a pinch of salt. He’s a good laugh.
“He’s an amazing gym-mate and I respect every one of them in that gym because they back each other.
“Nothing that Paddy, Tyrone or any of his other friends say will bother me. They’re just being there for their friend and Tyrone needs that because he knows what’s going to happen when we step in the ring.”
McKenna vs. Benson takes place on a stacked card with Ukashir Farooq vs. Iain Butcher for the British bantamweight title, Kieran Smith vs. Peter McDonagh for the WBC International Silver super-welterweight title plus David Brophy, Reece McFadden, Michael McGurk, Jack Turner and more.
Tyrone McKenna insists he’s capable of turning the crowd in his favour when he faces Scotland’s Lewis Benson at Emirates Arena in Glasgow on November 30.
Belfast’s ‘Mighty Celt’ (16-1-1-KO6) battles ‘Kid Caramel’ Benson (10-1-KO2) live on BoxNation with both men desperate to bounce back from suffering their first professional defeats on the same card back in June.
Belfast’s McKenna, who was edged by world-ranked Jack Catterall that night, is drawing close to the end of an arduous training camp in Glasgow and is adamant he possesses both the fanbase and the charisma to win the crowd on the night.
McKenna said: “’The Mighty Celt’ is internationally loved. I could have the whole place chanting my name. To make that happen, I’ve just got to fight the way I always fight and they fall in love with me.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if even his friends started chanting my name…
“I’m putting myself through hell so I can put him through hell. You’ll see the best Tyrone McKenna you’ve ever seen in there. I’m working harder than ever.
“Benson is a decent fighter and he looked good against Johnny Coyle in Belfast. That fight could’ve gone away. I’ve too much skill for him, though, and I learned a lot from my fight with Catterall.
“Catterall is a world-class fighter so Benson wasn’t on my radar after that. I was looking to fight someone in the top 5 in Britain but there’s no way I’ll overlook him.
“Everyone knows what I bring when I step in the ring. I’m involved in wars. I bring a bit of hype to proceedings beforehand and then I dish out the punishment in the ring.”
McKenna vs. Benson takes place on a stacked BoxNation card that also includes Ukashir Farooq vs. Iain Butcher for the British bantamweight title, Kieran Smith vs. Peter McDonagh for the WBC Silver International super-welterweight title plus the professional debuts of Reece McFadden and Jack Turner and more.
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