Darragh Foley believes he and Tyrone McKenna are ‘two peas in a pod’ but an all-out war for the WBC International super-lightweight title is inevitable.
The pair will clash on a blockbuster Belfast #MTKFightNight at Ulster Hall on June 21 – live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and on iFL TV – and the build-up is bound to be full of entertainment.
Despite acknowledging common ground with ‘The Mighty Celt’ (18-1-1, 6 KOs) outside the ropes, ‘Super’ Foley (17-3-1, 8 KOs) is forecasting a stormy relationship when the bell goes.
Foley said: “As a fighter, I know he’s a warrior. I’ve watched him and he puts it all on the line. I respect that because it’s very similar to myself.
“As a man, I’ve only ever bumped into once and it was at one of my fights in Scotland. He seems like a decent bloke and a bit of a character. I may even buy him a pint afterwards to console him after I beat him!
“I don’t go crazy and talk sh*t for no reason and he seems like a man I could get along with. Everyone says we’re two peas in a pod.
“I know it’s going to be fun during this build-up but I can’t promise any tables getting flipped and anyway, it’s not about the build-up – it’s about the fight.
“Taking backward steps is in neither of our DNA so when we meet in his back yard, you best believe it’s on.”
Joining Foley and McKenna on a sensational bill is another title fight in the WBO European light-heavyweight clash between former sparring partners Steven Ward and Liam Conroy, plus two potential crackers in Paddy Gallagher vs. Liam Wells and Gary Cully vs. Renald Garrido.