Jack Catterall insists he has faced tougher tests than Tyrone McKenna

Jack Catterall on his way to victory at Elland Road last time out
Jack Catterall on his way to victory at Elland Road last time out
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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.