Undefeated super-lightweight prospects, Jack Catterall and Tyrone McKenna, are set to square of at The SSE Arena, Belfast on June 30th for the WBO Intercontinental title.
McKenna was set to face Phillip Sutcliffe Jr. However, Sutcliffe was forced to withdraw after sustaining an injury.
Getting such a high-quality replacement does not faze McKenna in the slightest and is keen to trade leather with his former sparring partner.
“When I heard Sutcliffe Jr was out again my heart sank, but then I was told Catterall was in and it’s amazing,” said McKenna. “I’ve wanted that fight for 18 months.
“It’s extra motivation for me in camp now. Catterall is a massive name. I sparred him, and I speak to him, so I know what he brings to the table.”
Catterall is equally excited and keen to get back in the ring after claiming an underwhelming victory over Christopher Sebire last month when the Frenchman suffered a shoulder injury early in their bout on the undercard of Selby vs Warrington at Elland Road in Leeds.
I’ve only had two rounds in the ring this year, but I knew sooner or later I would be involved in a big fight.” said Catterall. “I was expecting a different opponent, but this makes perfect sense.
“I fought just two weeks ago, and it wasn’t much of a fight, so this is brilliant. I’m in shape anyway, and Tyrone was training. Both camps and both fighters want it, and that’s great to see.”