Talented Aaron McKenna has an ambitious goal to become a world champion by 21 years old.
In an exclusive interview with World Boxing News ahead of an outing on Thursday, the 19 year old Irishman discussed his upcoming fight against Abel Reyes.
“This is my first six rounder. I’ve been training for six rounders since I started boxing as a pro. The more rounds that go on the better I get,” McKenna told WBN.
“I’m as good in the last round as I am in the first round. I can’t wait to get up to ten rounders.”
McKenna (pictured by Lina Baker) also outlined his considerable world title ambitions as he continues to progress through the ranks.
“Hopefully this time next year I’ll be fighting for a small belt and hopefully the best following I’ll be fighting for a world title,” he said.
“I’m looking to fight for a world title within the next two years, I’m looking to become a world champion by the time I’m 21. That’s the goal.”
McKenna fights hard hitting Reyes 4-1 (4 KO’s) tonight on the undercard of stablemate Neeco Macias.
When asked about stepping up his opposition, McKenna responded: “I just take each fight as it comes and each fight as a stepping stone.
“Every opponent that is put in front of me I won’t get ahead of myself and focus on the fight in front of me.
“Step by step I will keep building for my next opponent,” added McKenna.
Looking to increase the calibre of his opponents, McKenna has made it clear he has a deadline to be contesting future honors.
“I’ll be fighting a little bit more next year and we’ll see how it all unfolds,” he concluded.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller