Belfast’s Tyrone McKenna is well known for being dragged into a war by the roar of the crowd.

McKenna (21-1-1, 6 KOs) has the skill and technique to win fights in a more straightforward manner, but too often plays to the gallery. 

So it stands to reason that the behind-closed-doors Golden Contract 140lbs Final may actually suit the Northern Irishman’s chances when he faces long-time rival Ohara Davies (21-2, 16 KOs) at Production Park Studios in Wakefield on September 30,

“This environment will suit me massively,” said McKenna. “I usually play to the crowd in my fights, so with no fans there it should mean I’m not egged on to be dragged into a war. I might actually box to instructions for a change!

“If you watch me in sparring compared to when I’m in fights, I’m a completely different fighter, so I think this could benefit me.

“I don’t care whether it’s humble Ohara or brash and loud Ohara in the build-up, it doesn’t matter to me. Everyone knows I love a bit of back and forth in press conferences, so if he wants to bring out the brash side then he can. It gets me more hyped up for fights.

“This will be the highlight of my career, no matter what I do afterwards,” added McKenna. “This is the moment my life changes and I don’t think any feeling will be able to beat this. This will be number one on my achievements ever, no matter if I win a world title after this.”

McKenna-Davies will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports, in association with Matchroom Boxing, and live in the US on ESPN+, in association with Top Rank.\

Image: McKenna (left) and Davies face off. Photo: MTK Global.