May 11, 2021

Stevie McKenna: ‘I like to model my boxing style on Tommy Hearns’

Get to know exciting Irish prospect Stevie McKenna

When and why you started boxing:

I started boxing at eight years old. The sport has always run through my family.

Favourite all-time fighter:

Tommy “Hitman” Hearns is my favourite fighter of all time. I like to model my boxing style on him.

Best fight you’ve seen:

Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier in The Thrilla in Manila. It was an unbelievable fight. Both fighters gave it absolutely everything.

Personal career highlight:

My best achievement so far is winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2015.

Toughest opponent:

I had a sparring session with Vasiliy Lomachenko. He’s an unreal talent.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:

My best attribute is that I’m good at knocking people out! My worst is that sometimes I can be a bit too nice.

Training tip:

Take nothing for granted and train for every fight like it’s a world title fight.

Favourite meal/restaurant:

It’s Nando’s for me.

Best friends in boxing:

My sparring gloves are my best friends!

Other sportsperson you would like to be:

Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s one of the best football players ever.

Last film/TV show you saw:

I’ve recently been watching Money Heist on Netflix.

Who would play you in a film of your life:

It’s got to be Clint Eastwood!

Have you ever been starstruck:

I’ve never really been starstruck, although I did meet Adam Sandler one day. He was just casually walking down the street in L.A.

Last time you cried:

It was probably when I was born!

Best advice received:

Keep your hands up, punch hard and don’t get hit.

Worst rumour about yourself:

Ryan Garcia tried to say that he beat me up in sparring, which is totally untrue. I beat him all around the ring.

Something not many people know about you:

I’m a big fan of Liverpool FC. I try to get to a game whenever I have the chance.

FAST FACTS

Age: 24
Twitter: @stevie_mckenna
Nickname: ‘Hitman’
Height: 6ft
Nationality: Irish
From: Monaghan, Ireland/Los Angeles, CA
Stance: Orthodox
Record: 7-0 (7)
Division: Super-lightweight
Titles: n/a
Next fight: McKenna is set to contest his eighth pro bout on Saturday May 22 in Coventry.