McKenna: I’m better than Benson in every department

RINGSIDE 19/11/2018

Tyrone McKenna has warned Scot Lewis Benson there is no possible route to a home victory in the pair’s hotly-anticipated showdown in Glasgow on November 30 – live on BoxNation.

Belfast’s McKenna (16-1-1-KO6) travels to Emirates Arena to take on ‘Kid Caramel’ (10-1-KO2) and many feel the best chance of victory for ‘The Mighty Celt’ lies in forcing an all-out war with his host.

Although never one to shy away from exchanges, McKenna has dismissed question marks over his ability to outbox Benson.

McKenna said: “There is no way he’s better technically than me. He moves more but that doesn’t mean he’s better technically. His movement isn’t even effective – it’s just standard running around the ring and any boxer can do that.

“I believe I’m better in every department. A lot of people doubt my technical ability and think I’m just a brawler but that’s not true. If you watch me against Renald Garrido, I was boxing on the back foot, showing my technical ability.

“I went around the world as an amateur because I’m a good technical boxer so I dismiss all claims to the contrary.

“I hold every advantage over him. I’m taller, faster, stronger, fitter and I have more heart. I have a better engine. I can not see me losing. Sometimes you have doubts in camp but I wholeheartedly believe I’m better than him at absolutely everything.

“Of course he’s going to try and avoid all exchanges. He’s said that he’s going to box and move in numerous interviews but I don’t think he realises how relentless I am and how difficult it is to hit me clean. Fighting me is more difficult than it looks.

“You saw what I’m like against Jack Catterall. You saw the levels I can go to. I don’t believe Benson is ready for that kind of relentless fight because I don’t believe he has the heart for it. Not many do.”

McKenna’s clash with Benson takes place on a huge bill that also sees Ukashir Farooq vs. Iain Butcher for the British bantamweight title, Kieran Smith vs. Peter McDonagh for the WBC International Silver super-welterweight crown and the likes of David Brophy, Michael McGurk, Reece McFadden, Jack Turner and more on the undercard.

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