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Thursday 18 July 2019

Watch: Monaghan's Aaron McKenna moves to 8-0 after second round stoppage in California

Aaron McKenna holding the Ireland flag after improving his record to 8-0 at Fantasy Springs Casino on June 21, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)
Aaron McKenna holding the Ireland flag after improving his record to 8-0 at Fantasy Springs Casino on June 21, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

Sean McGoldrick

Monaghan's Aaron McKenna received an early 20th birthday present when he demolished Mexican journeyman Dan Perales to keep his 100 per cent record in a totally one-sided welterweight bout in the Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California.

The Los Angeles based Smithborough boxer celebrates his birthday early in July. In his last fight as a teenager he underlined his potential albeit against a limited opponent who had lost ten of his previous 11 contests.

McKenna had a six inch height advantage over the 27-year old and the Mexican hit the canvas in the first round. Seeking his fifth knock out win of his burgeoning career McKenna went on the offensive in the second stanza landing a barrage of punches. Perales was in no state to defend himself and referee Ray Corona intervened and stopped the contest.

The Irish fighter now moves to 8-0. Perales was by far the most experienced fighter than McKenna has faced so far since making his professional debut in the US in December 2017. It was the Mexican's 30th fight but he hasn't won one since 2016.

It has been a June to remember for the McKenna family. Aaron's older brother Stevie won his second professional fight in the US last week. The brothers, together with their father Fergal are based in LA.

Aaron, who trades under the name 'The Silencer' in the ring is becoming a big favourite in the Fantasy Springs Casino. Five of his eight fights have been staged at the venue on Golden Boy promotions in the casino.

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