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Tyrone McKenna ready for Jack Catterall

TYRONE MCKENNA is refusing to ask Carl Frampton for secrets on big fight rival Jack Catterall.

He challenges for Catterall’s WBO Intercontinental Super-Lightweight crown at Belfast’s SSE Arena on Saturday in a fight where Frampton must be dreading which side to support.

The two-weight world champion is a close friend of McKenna and trains alongside Catterall at their trainer Jamie Moore’s gym on the outskirts of Manchester.


Catterall has taken the BT Sport televised fight at short notice and replaces injured Phil Sutcliffe.

McKenna, 28, said: “Carl was actually supposed to walk me out to the ring for the fight when Phil was the opponent, but that has changed. I wouldn’t want Carl in an awkward position.

“I was going to fight Tommy Coyle before and he was in camp with Carl. I always seem to be fighting friends or friends of friends. Everyone in boxing seems to know each other.

“I would never put Carl in the position where he talks about one of his gym mates. I wouldn’t like him to fight one of my team mates and ask about them.

“There is a line which you never cross during camp and I would never ask Carl, ‘How is Jack getting on in sparring? How is he doing with his weight?’

“I wouldn’t expect him to say to Jack what he knows about me and he wouldn’t get involved in that. There has to be respect.”

McKenna who is unbeaten in 17 fights has seen his profile grow in the last 12 months and the 6ft 1in southpaw believes his popularity will mushroom after this weekend’s fight that has captured the imagination.

Tyrone who outpointed Anthony Upton in his last fight added: “My last six fights have been on TV and I have a big fan base now.

“I have never taken an easy fight or turned down a fight. I was offered Jack when Phil pulled out and straight away I said, ’Yes’”.

The bill is topped by Michael Conlan’s Homecoming bout against Brazil’s former world title challenger Adeilson Dos Santos.

There is an all Dublin rematch when Jono Carroll defends his IBF intercontinental super featherweight crown against Declan Geraghty.

When they met in November 2014, Geraghty was ahead before he was disqualified in the fourth round. In a clash of unbeaten hopefuls,

Derry’s Tyrone McCullagh meets Glasgow’s Joe Ham in a vacant Celtic super-bantamweight title clash that doubles as a British championship eliminator.

The undercard is stacked with top prospects including Lewis Crocker, Sunny Edwards, Padraig McCrory, Taylor McGoldrick, Neslan Machado, Garry Cully plus Johnny Coyle and Lewis Benson who clash over ten rounds.

Tickets prices £250 (Inner Ring Hospitality), £200 (Outer Ring Hospitality), £120, £100, £80, £60, £50, £40 are available from the SSE Arena website.

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Tyrone McKenna is ready to ride a wave of fanatical home support to victory over world-ranked Jack Catterall in Belfast on Saturday.

McKenna (16-0-1-KO6) and Catterall (21-0-KO12) put their unbeaten records on the line at The SSE Arena on the undercard of Michael Conlan v Adeilson Dos Santos and although an underdog, McKenna is brimming with confidence.

‘The Mighty Celt’ said: “He said I wasn’t his toughest test and he can believe what he wants to believe. He’ll be unpleasantly surprised.

“I know it’s a tough fight for me but I don’t think he knows how tough it’s going to be for him. We’ll see on the night.

“Taking me at four weeks’ notice isn’t a smart move by him. He’s not faced a tall southpaw like me. I’m not a standard fight.

“I’m well supported in Belfast and it’ll be electric on the night. All Michael Conlan’s fans are my fans too because I’m good friends with him. Everyone will be behind me and it’s going to be very, very loud.

“This is it for me. This fight will make me a star. I’ll show everyone in the UK and Ireland just how good Tyrone McKenna is. It’s a stage I’ve wanted for years and I’m going to shine.”

Catterall v McKenna features on a huge undercard that also includes Jono Carroll v Declan Geraghty, Johnny Coyle v Lewis Benson, Tyrone McCullagh v Joe Ham and more.