World Boxing News caught up with young prospect Stevie McKenna on the back of his pro victory debut.
McKenna, older brother of 7-0 welterweight Aaron, is eyeing a busy run in 2019.
The 21 year-old talented fighter, known as ‘The Hitman’ – took out Trey Branch in less than a round.
How did it feel to finally make your pro debut Stevie?
Yeah, it was great to get the first one out of the way. I was looking forward to it for a long time. The preparation was really good tfor me.
Did your debut live up to your expectations?
Yes, I think it did. My opponent Trey Branch had posted on Instagram that it was ‘kill or be killed’, so I knew he would give it a go for the first round. So, I knew it would leave it easier for me to knock him out.
Are you hoping to share a bill with Aaron soon?
I don’t know if our paths are going to cross with each other I certainly hope so. Wouldn’t it be great for the both of us to be headlining big events in USA and Ireland. Let’s see what happens.
What are your aims for the next twelve months?
I would like to complete the first year with at least five fights. Show the boxing world what I am made of.
When do you expect to fight again?
I’m ready anytime. I’m always in the gym working hard. My Management team Sheer Sports are intending to keep me busy throughout the course of 2019.
The Monaghan star is expected to compete again soon after barely scratching the surface in his pro bow.
A big run is expected from Stevie, who is a welcome addition to a bustling crowd of young Irish fighters coming through the ranks.