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  Q & A With Young Irish Boxer Aaron McKenna

By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez

 

Without a doubt the young Irish Fighter Aaron McKenna, (1-0), is one of the most focused young pugilists I have ever spoken to. McKenna has a plan and although he is only one fight deep into his pro career, this young man is on a mission.

Tonight in Costa Mesa, California McKenna will step into the ring for his second professional test on a Golden Boy Promoted card that is televised by ESPN.

Pound4Pound spoke to McKenna recently and got his thoughts on the upcoming fight and his planned rise to the top in the Super Welterweight division.

Pound4Pound: Can you tell us about your first fight as a pro? Itís not often a wee lad like yourself gets a chance to fight in not one but two of the boxing Meccaís on the planet.


Aaron McKenna: My pro debut was supposed to be at Madison Square Garden but that fight was called off and the next thing I know is I am fighting in Las Vegas instead. Not bad for my pro debut I would say. Not too many 18 year olds can say they weighed in at MSG and Las Vegas in the same week.

P4P: You strike me as a no nonsense young man. Itís obvious you are on a mission and have set some pretty big goals in front of you.


AM: Ever since the day I started boxing all I wanted to do was become a professional fighter and win a world title. I am doing well at the moment and I am hoping to push on and win that world title some day, maybe by the time I am 20 or 21.

P4P: Can you tell us how a fighter like yourself with a storied amateur career in Ireland in now fighting in the USA?


AM: It was always about America. This is the place you want to be if you want to make it in the big time as a professional boxer. All the greats come over here; it is the spot to be. You could not ask for better sparring. I have been to all the Top Gyms like Maywood and Wildcard sparring with all their top fighters. I am getting great sparring and learning a lot. It couldnít be any better. I love it over here. The training is great and I am learning so much as I am going along. Itís what I expected when I came to America, and that is to get the best training and sparring possible.

P4P: You will be fighting in Costa Mesa on the next Golden Boy show. Do you know who you are fighting? What can you tell us about him?


AM: My opponent will be Adolfo Caro, all I know is from Mexico. The one thing about this game is you know the guy you are fighting is coming into the ring to knock you out so you have to be in top shape and be prepared for anyone.
 

P4P: This card you will be on is promoted by Oscar De La Hoyaís Golden Boy Promotions. You must be thrilled to be a part of their team:


AM: Itís absolutely fantastic to be a part of Golden Boy and to already be in top shows like this. In the future I will be boxing on more shows like this and hopefully back in Las Vegas as well as New York and Boston. You canít ask for more than that. There are a lot of Irish Americans in New York and Boston so it will be great to get them supporting me too.

P4P: What are your plans for 2018? Do have an idea of how many times you would like to fight before the year is over?


AM: I am going to be kept very busy this year. We are hoping for eight fights this year and no less than six. I always stay ready so I am up for it. I hope I am fighting every month. Itís better to be kept active than to be sitting around waiting, I want to stay sharp. I am really looking forward to it and I canít wait to see what happens as I move along.

To see what happens as McKenna moves along you can check him out in Costa Mesa tonight.

The event will take place at The Hangar at The OC Fair and Event Center Doors open at 4:00 p.m. PT. The first fight and the ESPN3 live stream begin at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 5:00 PT. ESPN Deportes will air the fights beginning at 9:00 ET/6:00 p.m. PT and delayed on ESPN2 at midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets are now on sale and start at $50. Tickets are available for purchase at www.goldenboytickets.com, https://apps.vendini.com/u/dce97456af, the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page, or by calling 213-233-2957.



 

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