Jack Catterall has dismissed the notion Tyrone McKenna presents the most thorough examination of his world title credentials.
The unbeaten super-lightweights are preparing to collide in a mouth-watering clash on the undercard of Michael Conlan’s homecoming on June 30 in Belfast.
World-ranked Catterall is supremely confident of retaining his WBO Intercontinental strap against ‘The Mighty Celt’ who is 16-0-1 as a professional.
“Tyrone is not my toughest test to date,” said the Chorley star, 21-0 with 12 knockouts.
“I’ve been in tougher fights than this one will be.
“Nathan Brough was a tough amateur and I knocked him out. Tyrone Nurse achieved more than McKenna. Nurse had some good wins and lots of momentum before I fought him
“I’ve also sparred McKenna myself. I sparred him before my British title fight once or twice.
“He’s a southpaw and very tall but the way he fights is fine for me.
“The way Tyrone fights, it looks like he’s not shy in coming forward to have a go and that suits me down to the ground. He’s there to be taken out.
“I believe there’s only one winner but I do respect him. I was actually talking to him a couple of weeks before the fight got announced.
“I hope Belfast gets behind him – they seem to love him.
“I’ll bring some good support with me too. I didn’t get to showcase my improvements at Elland Road but hopefully I will this time round.
“It’s a huge event coming up in Belfast.”
Former amateur star Conlan headlines on June 30 at the SSE Arena with Catterall’s clash with McKenna part of a packed undercard.
There is also Jono Carroll’s long-awaited rematch with Declan Geraghty and Paddy Gallagher v Gary Corcoran, Tyrone McCullagh v Joe Ham and Johnny Coyle v Lewis Benson all competing for the limelight.