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Monaghan boxing star Stevie McKenna cruises to dream pro debut victory

The 21-year-old, older brother of Aaron, made a real statement on his punch-for-pay bow.

stevie Great start: Stevie McKenna. Source: Sheer Sports Management.

MONAGHAN BOXING STAR Stevie McKenna has made a bright start to life in the punch-for-pay ranks, easing through his long-awaited professional debut last night.

The talented 21-year-old lightweight, older brother of Aaron [7-0, 4KOs], made short work of American Trey Branch at the Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, south-east Los Angeles.

‘The Hitman,’ who is a former Irish Senior Elite light-flyweight champion, stopped Branch [0-3], in less than a round, as he chalked 1-0, 1KO on his record.

“What a night,” the Smithborough sensation tweeted afterwards. “Done the business with a 1st round KO. Great to get the first one out of the way. Huge thanks to everyone that has supported me.”

Himself, his brother Aaron and their father and co-trainer, Fergal, relocated to California last year and like Aaron, Stevie is managed by Sheer Sports and is also trained by South African former heavyweight contender Courage Tshabalala.

stevie Source: Stevie McKenna Twitter.

Stevie — who may follow his Sheer stablemates, Aaron and Jason Quigley, in signing a promotional contract with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy but other promoters are chasing his signature — has his second outing on a major show lined up for June.

Last week, 19-year-old Aaron maintained his fine unbeaten welterweight record with a hard-fought win over Mexico’s Loretto Olivas.

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