Q & A With Young Irish Boxer
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
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
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
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
https://apps.vendini.com/u/dce97456af, the Golden
Boy Promotions Facebook page, or by calling