Tyrone McKenna Bids Farewell Retirement Confirmed
Tyrone McKenna, the Belfast-based boxer, has officially announced his retirement from professional boxing following his unanimous decision loss to Lewis Crocker on Saturday night. The 33-year-old confirmed his departure from the sport in a heartfelt statement shared on social media the next day.
In his statement, McKenna expressed gratitude for his journey in boxing, reminiscing about the incredible experiences and tough battles he encountered throughout his 11-year career. Despite the defeat to Crocker, McKenna showcased immense heart and resilience, captivating the Belfast crowd with his determination and unwavering spirit during the ten-round bout.
Although Crocker dominated the fight with superior punch variety and precision, McKenna’s relentless endurance and refusal to yield in the face of punishing blows earned him admiration from fans. The defeat against Crocker marked the final chapter of McKenna’s career, which began with a four-round victory in Atlantic City and saw him compete in various locations before returning to Belfast for his professional fights.
McKenna’s journey included notable victories, such as claiming the Celtic super-lightweight title by stopping Sean Creagh in November 2016. He faced tough challenges, including a loss to future world title contender Jack Catterall and a memorable appearance in MTK’s ‘Golden Contract’ tournament, where he clashed with rival Ohara Davies in a close bout in 2020.
Notably, McKenna demonstrated his resilience in enduring six rounds against two-time super-lightweight world champion Regis Prograis, although the fight ended in a stoppage in Dubai. His career also boasted significant wins, like the ten-round points victory over former British welterweight champion Chris Jenkins in August of the previous year.
McKenna’s retirement marks the end of an impactful and memorable boxing career filled with highs, lows, and unforgettable moments, as he bids farewell to the sport that has been an integral part of his life for over a decade.