Lewis Benson is adamant Tyrone McKenna failed to lay a glove on him during sparring as the two prepare to settle their differences on November 30.
The super-lightweight rivals have vastly differing viewpoints on the result of their behind-closed-doors rounds, with ‘The Mighty Celt’ McKenna recently claiming he cruised through comfortably.
As the score comes closer to being settled live on BoxNation at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena next Friday, Benson (10-1-KO2) has issued another frank statement.
‘Kid Caramel’ said: “Tyrone is lying about that sparring session and so are his mates. Everyone was there to see it.
“If I can go down to Manchester and make Jack Catterall come out of second gear and heave Josh Taylor out of second gear, how would Tyrone be dealing with me in second gear? It’s rubbish.
“The three rounds I sparred with Sean McComb were good solid rounds but ones with Tyrone… well, he knows what happened and everyone will see it on the night.
“I really don’t understand him saying he’ll outbox me because he couldn’t even lay a glove on me in sparring.
“The loser of this fight will need to rebuild and it won’t be me. There’s no way in hell I’m going to lose to Tyrone. I’m going to win this fight and have a nice Christmas then it’ll be a title fight early in the new year.
“I’ve always said I want to fight for the British and Commonwealth titles so I’m coming for those first.”
McKenna vs. Benson takes place on a stacked card that sees Iain Butcher challenge Ukashir Farooq for the British bantamweight crown, Kieran Smith bid for a WBC world ranking plus the likes of David Brophy, Reece McFadden, Michael McGurk and Jack Turner on the undercard.
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