Belfast’s Tyrone McKenna has announced his retirement from professional boxing following his unanimous decision loss to Lewis Crocker on Saturday evening.
The 33-year-old confirmed his decision in a statement via social media on Sunday afternoon.
“That’s it for the mighty celt people…I’ve give alot to this sport n got way further than I ever thought possible when sleeping on the floors in philly, never thought id be in some of the huge nights i was part off…”, the statement began.
“I set out to try n become the most entertaining man in Ireland always taking the hardest fights put to me even when i didnt have too, i had some amazing nights with you all win lose or draw i hope i did you all proud.”
The decision follows McKenna’s defeat to fellow Belfast welterweight Crocker at the city’s SSE Arena on Saturday evening.
Despite losing almost every round, ‘The Mighty Celt’ displayed incredible heart and grit to stick it out for the full ten rounds in front of an adoring Belfast crowd.
Crocker dominated most of the affair with impressive punch variety and shot selection but, despite his best efforts, was unable to seriously hurt McKenna who continued to grin despite each punishing blow.
The fight proves to be the final of his 11 year career which began with a four-round victory in Atlantic City.
His first five professional contests all took place on American soil before he returned to his home city of Belfast – the host of his four pro bouts.
McKenna won the Celtic super-lightweight title with a fifth-round stoppage of Sean Creagh in November 2016, two years before suffering his first pro loss to future world title challenger Jack Catterall over ten rounds.
The Irishman also reached the final of MTK’s ‘Golden Contract’ tournament at super-lightweight before losing to bitter rival Ohara Davies by majority-decision in 2020.
McKenna also endured six rounds with two-time super-lightweight world champion Regis Prograis before he was stopped in Dubai before rebounding with a ten-round points win over former British welterweight champion Chris Jenkins in August last year.