Stevie McKenna adds another knock-out to unblemished professional career
Stevie McKenna maintained his unblemished professional record with another destructive knock-out victory over Facundo Alberto Rojas in Bournemouth.
Fighting on the undercard of the highly anticipated Chris Billam-Smith versus Isaac Chamberlain undercard, the Monaghan man wasted little time dispatching the tough Argentinian, who had not been stopped in his career, albeit with a record of six wins, five losses and a draw.
McKenna lived up to his ‘Hitman’ moniker as he started on the front foot, happy to trade and take some shots in order to let his own go, and continued his aggressive style of fighting into the second round.
Rojas hit the canvas early in the second stanza following a rapid-fire combination, a vicious right hook to the chin doing the real damage, and McKenna maintained the attack, taking the wind out of his opponent with another couple of devastating shots to the body.
The Argentinian appeared to beat the count – however, the referee waved off the contest with just seconds remaining before the bell.
The victory makes it 12 wins in a row since turning professional for the Farney man, 11 of the wins coming by way of knock-out.
McKenna is eager to step up a level in the ever-exciting welterweight division and quickly called out prospects Florian Marku and Conor Benn after the fight.
“I knew I was the stronger guy and I knew if I caught him with a good shot, he’d go down,” said McKenna, speaking on Sky Sports after the fight.
“I caught him with a few in the first round and his legs wobbled, and I took advantage of it and went in and finished him.
“Any fight with me, I’m going in there to entertain everyone. I have power in both hands. And any welterweight who can stand in front of me…there’s not many out there. So I want big fights, I want Marku, I want Conor Benn, any of them.
“I know when I go in there and mix it with those guys, very few can take my power, and that was just a wee small percentage of what you see of me, I have plenty more tricks up my sleeve.”