Tyrone McKenna says he was “inside” after his chance to fight as a major supporter of Carl Frampton’s skillful quest in Dubai was broken out tonight.
The mighty Celt ’was supposed to challenge Zhankosh Turarov for the WBO intercontinental light heavyweight title, but the Kazakh champion withdrew.
The news was confirmed early Saturday morning (British time) as the fight is scheduled for 9pm (British time), just before Frampton fights Jamel Herring in Dubai.
There was a problem during yesterday’s weigh-in when McKenna comfortably made a £ 140 limit with Turarov and was nowhere to be seen. Instead, he was sweating the last ounces which took time until the time limit of two hours when he hit the target.
The reasons for his withdrawal are still unclear.
The fight will now be rescheduled “as soon as possible,” confirmed from D4G Boxing Promotions.
McKenna posted only one word in response to Twitter – “gut”.
He hoped to bounce back after losing the game to Ohar Davies in the last outing in a decision to be dissatisfied with the Golden Contract by Ohara Davies ’decision.
The 31-year-old boxer from Belfast jumped into the depths against the boxer with a perfect record of 24 wins from 24 professional fights, including 17 knockouts.
“I am ready for war and for everything that Turarov brings,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot of people say this is a risky fight for me, but I want to change people’s minds that you shouldn’t be afraid of those fights. Risk creates a reward.”
At Thursday’s closing press conference, Turarov was repulsive to McKenna, saying, “People may say he’s taller and southerner, but I train with southern paw boxers all the time, so it won’t be too hard. It’ll just be a win. “