Irish prospect Aaron McKenna in search of another victory
By Bill Tibbs
He hails from Ireland, trains in California and is starting to turn heads every time he fights.
On March 30, live on the DAZN Network, from the Fantasy Springs Resort, in Indio, California, undefeated welterweight prospect Aaron “The Silencer” McKenna (6-0, 4 KO’s) will kick off his 2019 campaign.
The exciting, Irish welterweight prospect isn’t getting a soft touch as he heads into his 7th fight as a professional squaring off against unbeaten Loretta Olivas (3-0, 1 KO) of Los Mochis, Mexico, now living and training in Sana Fe, New Mexico.
McKenna has run the table, going a perfect 6-0, in 15 months as a pro after turning to the paid ranks in December of 2017 after a strong amateur career.
McKenna had145 wins in 153 bouts as an amateur after starting to box at the tender age of 6 out of the Old School and Smithboro Boxing Clubs in County Monaghan, Ireland. The latter gym still holds down legendary status on the Emerald Isle, having produced massively popular, former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan, who still maintains iconic status among Irish champions.
While it is still early days for the young welterweight, he will be into double digits in the experience column before the year is out and McKenna is very excited to start the next chapter in a career that is already starting to turn some heads among fight fans.
Maxboxing had a chance to chat with McKenna, stationed in California with his father (and co-trainer) Fergal and brother Stevie, who will be making his professional debut a week after Aaron’s upcoming gig.
“I’m really excited to get back in the ring to start this year off, I know it’s going to be a great year”, said McKenna, clearly excited to get back to work for his first assignment of 2019. “I know that this is a tough fight with this undefeated fighter who is 3-0”, he said, “he is a tough Mexican, but I am excited to test myself against him”.
McKenna, who trains under former heavyweight contender Courage Tshabalala, at (former world champion) James “Buddy” McGirt’s gym in Northridge, isn’t looking past his first opponent of the new year, but pressed, certainly has some plans down he road.
“This is my second 6 round fight, and I am looking forward to that”, said McKenna. “I’d like to get 5 or 6 fights in this year, keep busy and move to 8 rounders”, he said. “Then, I’d really like to be challenging for a small belt by the end of the year, or early next year” he said.
McKenna’s extremely polite, somewhat shy demeanour and personality, belies his aggressive, crowd-pleasing, non-stop attack in the ring. McKenna is a fighter who can work off his long jab, but clearly likes to go inside and rumble. Throw in the Irish accent, a school boy smile, along with hooks and right crosses that can send you into next week, and Los Angles based Sheer Sports Management, who handle McKenna, might have the recipe for box office magic with this kid.
But, first things first, and that is an undefeated challenger in Olivas who is looking for win #4 off the back of a hot prospect.
“I am really looking forward to this fight, I can’t wait to get back in the ring”, said McKenna. “I am in the best shape of my career, I have done about 180 rounds of sparring and this is by far the strongest I have ever felt and I know it’s going to show in the ring on the 30th, he said.