Lewis Benson is adamant Tyrone McKenna failed to lay a glove on him during sparring as the two prepare to settle their differences on November 30.
The super-lightweight rivals have vastly differing viewpoints on the result of their behind-closed-doors rounds, with ‘The Mighty Celt’ McKenna recently claiming he cruised through comfortably.
As the score comes closer to being settled live on BoxNation at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena next Friday, Benson (10-1-KO2) has issued another frank statement.
‘Kid Caramel’ said: “Tyrone is lying about that sparring session and so are his mates. Everyone was there to see it.
“If I can go down to Manchester and make Jack Catterall come out of second gear and heave Josh Taylor out of second gear, how would Tyrone be dealing with me in second gear? It’s rubbish.
“The three rounds I sparred with Sean McComb were good solid rounds but ones with Tyrone… well, he knows what happened and everyone will see it on the night.
“I really don’t understand him saying he’ll outbox me because he couldn’t even lay a glove on me in sparring.
“The loser of this fight will need to rebuild and it won’t be me. There’s no way in hell I’m going to lose to Tyrone. I’m going to win this fight and have a nice Christmas then it’ll be a title fight early in the new year.
“I’ve always said I want to fight for the British and Commonwealth titles so I’m coming for those first.”
With the arrival of fight week and Wednesday’s press conference confirmed, the war of words between Tyrone McKenna and Lewis Benson is heating up.
Belfast’s McKenna (16-1-1-KO6) and Edinburgh’s Benson (10-1-KO2) clash on MTK Global’s colossal card at Glasgow’s Emirates on Friday – live on BoxNation – and have been trading barbs for weeks.
Benson recently claimed McKenna had failed to ever lay a glove on him during their increasingly-famous sparring session. Unsurprisingly, ‘The Mighty Celt’ has a different version of events.
McKenna said: “The first spar we had down in Liverpool, I absolutely battered. Then we had another one during which I was comfortable without even getting out of second gear.
“I wasn’t really bothered about that second spar but I still handled him easily. He’s deluded and insane to say otherwise.
“I’m not only going to beat Benson on points. I’m going to knock him out in a spectacular way. I’ve been working on a lot power during this camp, which has gone perfectly.
“Everyone knows I train hard and this was no different. We brought over the perfect sparring partners from Denmark and they’re like Benson but much better, so you’ll see the best Tyrone McKenna on the night.
“We’ve worked on all my weaknesses and we’ve strengthened my strengths so you’re going to see a more complete fighter on Friday.”
Lewis Benson has built himself up for a spectacular fall in front of the BoxNation cameras on November 30, according to rival Tyrone McKenna.
‘Kid Caramel’ (10-1-KO2) and ‘The Mighty Celt’ (16-1-1-KO6) are locked in a bitter battle of words ahead of their showdown at Emirates Arena, which takes place on a fantastic card that also includes Ukashir Farooq vs. Iain Butcher for the British title and Livingston’s Kieran Smith bidding for WBC International Silver honors.
Edinburgh’s Benson has claimed technical superiority from the beginning of an entertaining verbal war but with tactics sure to be of paramount importance on the night, Belfast’s McKenna has warned his foe all roads lead to defeat.
McKenna said: “He’s been saying he’s going to play with me and beat me comfortably but all he’s achieved is setting himself up for a big fall.
“He’s put all this pressure on himself because now, if he doesn’t do what he’s been saying he’s going to do, he’s going to look like a fool in front of a lot of people.
“I don’t understand why he keeps talking about sparring. You know when you’ve been in a hard spar but when I sparred him, I didn’t even feel I had to dig deep. He’s just put pressure on himself and we’ll say how he deals with that pressure.
“This is the biggest fight of his career but it’s not the biggest fight of mine. I’m an incredibly mentally-strong fighter and nothing can scare or deter me.
“I know that in his head, he’s scared and he’s trying to build up his own confidence by telling these stories and making these outrageous claims about what he’s going to do.
“I’m not just going to beat Benson on points. I’m going to knock him out in spectacular fashion. I’ve been working on my power a lot and he’s going to be on the receiving end on fight night.”
Three fantastic main card fights are joined by a strong undercard featuring the likes of former Commonwealth super-middleweight king David Brophy, former WBC world youth champion Michael McGurk, hotly-tipped debutants Reece McFadden and Jack Turner and more.
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