It was a dream Senior debut for Stephen McKenna on Friday night.
The Baby-Faced Assassin won the Elite light flyweight title after overcoming Regan Buckley at the National Stadium.
The decorated underage star spoke to irish-boxing.com after the win and the Monaghan hot-shot explained that it “was my first fight without the head-guards.”
“I’m only back form the European Youth Championships where I won a silver medal.”
“This was my big step up and I took it.”
The youngster, who also won Commonwealth Youth gold this year, predicts a bright future for himself in the big leagues, reasoning that “I like it without the head-guard, I prefer it.”
“You can feel more, you can move more, you don’t get caught as much.”
“I prefer Senior boxing, it’s a lot tougher but it’s better.”