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Darren Mckenna

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Boxing at first glance

I first walked into a boxing gym in January 2005 at the relatively late age of 20.

My first amateur bout took place that April which I won on points.

I went on to win my next five bouts by stoppage before losing on points to a much more experienced opponent.

 

My First Boxing Bouts

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I had approximately forty bouts as an amateur for Hayes ABC winning around twenty five. The highlight of my amateur career was reaching the National ABA novice finals in 2009 at 75kg. I also fought in the open ABA tournament the following year. Our area division was one of the toughest; there were three entries in my weight division including myself, Alan Higgins and John Ryder, both now successful pros.  Alan is undefeated in seven contests, John recently suffered his first defeat challenging the GB Olympic Games representative Billy Jo Saunders for the British Middleweight title.

I was drawn to fight Higgins and the winner was set to face Ryder on the same night. The fight withAlan was a war and I was given the narrow verdict whilst John watched from ringside, with his feet up. This was evident in the final as I ran out of steam and was pulled out by my trainer. I felt as though I had gone as far as I could go in the amateur game and would try my luck in the pro game. I was 26 and ready for a new challenge.

Professional Boxing

My professional debut was all set for December 2010 until a freak snowstorm on the day of the fight gridlocked the roads and the whole show was cancelled. I had to wait until February 2011 for the re-scheduled fight. I won that fight convincingly, my opponent retired on his stall after the first round with a broken rib from a wicked body shot!

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Since then I’ve been in lots of good fights against some of the country’s top prospects in the super middleweight division. Highlights include fighting the current WBO European champion Frank Buglioni at Wembley Arena on the undercard of the WBO world title fight between Nathan Cleverly and Robin Krasniqi. I also fought former Prize-fighter and English champion Rocky Fielding at one day’s notice on a huge Sky TV bill in Hull last summer. Although I was defeated in both fights I gained valuable experience. These guys train full time and have dedicated training teams around them, where as I train around a full time job.

Carreer away from boxing

I work full time as a logistics co-ordinator and the training has to fit in around my day job. My runs usually take place in my hour lunch break and the gym work and sparring takes up every evening and much of the weekends.In the past I would say that I haven’t always been as disciplined as I could have been, taking fights at short notice and generally not being as prepared as I could have been. Lots of my fights as a pro have been lost by a single point in close fights, in the hometown of my opponent. No more excuses, I have to turn these into single point victories or ideally start taking the decision from the judge’s hands.

Boxing in Thailand

A recent three week training camp in Thailand fuelled by supplements from LKY7 has helped get me into top condition. I am now looking forward to getting back into the ring and moving myself up the rankings for a crack at one of the domestic area titles in the near future.

Watch this space!

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Massive thanks to the team at LKY7 for the continued support.

 
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