Stephen McKenna to face Joe Laws on the undercard of Zak Chelli’s title clash against Callum Simpson in Barnsley | boxing news

Ireland’s Stephen McKenna will look to maintain his unbeaten record when he takes on Joe Laws as part of a packed night of boxing at Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium on August on Sky Sports.

The pair will clash for the WBC International Super Welterweight title on the undercard of the sold-out show, capped by the British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight title fight between defending champion Zak Chelli and local star Callum Simpson.

McKenna returns having dispatched Yorkshire’s Darren Tetley in six rounds last time out at York Hall in September 2023 to continue his unbeaten run, while the ‘Benwell Bomber’ Laws return to action after a surprise victory over Michael Hennessy Jr at the same location. One month after.

Stephen McKenna defeated Darren Tetley at York Hall in London in September 2023

“These are the kind of matchups I’m excited about, especially in an outdoor stadium in the middle of summer,” McKenna said. “I’ve been practicing world-class sparring here in the United States, and I feel bigger, stronger and hitting harder than ever. And I can’t wait to prove it on August 3rd.

“Joe Laws is a player. He’s full of energy and doesn’t shy away from a fight. He’s good at talking and at night he’ll try to put up a fight, but that just raises the stakes for me to do more damage. Credit to him for taking this on, because when those fists start flying it won’t look very pretty for him.

“Fans can expect nothing less than pure carnage. Our styles guarantee a high-volume, high-action fight at a ferocious pace. But whether I destroy it early or choke it out late, it will end with my hands up.”

Fans can expect a fiery build-up, with McKenna and Laws already exchanging a series of online barbs and Laws pulling no punches in his assessment of his opponent.

“McKenna is as loved in boxing as Boris Johnson was during lockdown,” said Joe Laws. “I don’t need a reason to hit someone, but he has one of those faces. I’m going to provoke him and give the belt back to Benwell. And the new one!”

More billboard announcements will be revealed in the coming weeks for the packed stadium spectacle, which takes place at the home of Barnsley FC just a week before the new season begins.

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British super middleweight champion Zak Chelli faced challenger Callum Simpson for the first time at Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium.

BOXXER Founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “Fight fans can expect a night of non-stop action at Oakwell on August 3. McKenna vs Laws is a great addition to the card.

“Neither of them will want to take a step back, so expect fireworks when these two enter the ring.”

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Watch Zak Chelli defend his British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles against Callum Simpson at Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium.keep living sky sports on Saturday, August 3 or stream with NOW.

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