Thursday 18 July 2019

WATCH: Ireland's Stevie McKenna makes it two from two in pro ranks with devastating first-round KO in California

Stephen McKenna
Stephen McKenna

Sean McGoldrick

Monaghan middleweight Stevie McKenna has brushed aside the challenge of American journeyman Keasen Freeman to record the second stoppage victory in his professional career inside a round at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California.

McKenna lived up to his moniker 'The Hitman',flooring Freeman within seconds of the first bell before ending his misery with a thunderous left hook. The challenger, who had lost his last six fights, was counted out.

Granted Freeman – who was stopped inside a round by McKenna's younger brother Aaron in April 2018 in a super welterweight contest – offered little resistance. Nonetheless McKenna still managed to catch the eye with the venom in his punches.

The 22-year old Smithborough native, who is a former Irish Elite champion, now moves to 2-0 in the pro ranks.  Together with his father Fergal and brother Aaron, he is based in California where he trains under the watchful eye of former South African pro fighter Courage Tahabalala with Fergal the co-trainer.

Even though he has had only two pro fights, Stevie has sparred with world champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Amir Khan.

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