TYRONE McKenna is looking to get his Greenblood boxing career flowing again starting with victory in North Carolina on Saturday night.
The Belfast light welterweight traveled to Philadelphia last year with Ray Ginley and Anthony Cacace hoping to push his way up the rankings with regular fights.
However, after ending a 14 month wait for a second pro fight with two fights in two months the 24 year old found himself inactive again and hasn’t fought since December.
Injuries to fellow Greenblood fighters John Joe Nevin and Ray Ginley hampered the management companies plans for McKenna. Whilst Visa issues and new arrival also slowed down his progression, but he is hoping to be back living the dream starting with a win in the Ring of Dreams Boxing, Winston Salem.
Speaking to Irish-boxing.com about his upcoming bout ‘Bones’ claimed he was ready to put the period of frustration behind him.
“It was frustrating, especially considering I thought I had finally sorted out my career. I was looking forward to constant fights to build my record, but then there was complications with the visas and I just had another baby, so that slowed things down as well.
“But now finally everything is sorted and I can get my career back on track. Camp for this fight has been perfect. Over the last 6 weeks I have ate the right things, trained hard, sparred top quality sparring partners, had great coaches behind me and all my focus has been on the fight ahead, so mentally and physically I am ready for whatever my opponent brings to the table.”
That opponent will be Christian Daniels a fighter McKenna would be expected to beat, especially considering he hasn’t won in three pro fights.
McKenna, however warns there is a Lions Den element to his fourth pro scrap. He travels to Daniels home town, but whilst he is predicting a test remains confident of victory.
“I am fighting a guy called Christian Daniels down in North Carolina. I am fighting in his home town so I am sure he’ll be bringing a good bit of support with him, but that doesn’t faze me to be honest.
“I know I have trained harder and I believe in my skills in the ring. I am not worried as long as I bring my A game then I should come out with the win,” he added before expressing with excitement Greenbloods have big plans for him.
“Greenblood still got a clear path for me laid out, and hopefully I continue winning so I can be lead down that path. And hopefully box at the top level a level I know I am capable of reaching.”