Monaghan light-welterweight Aaron McKenna is to become a stablemate of Jason Quigley’s in Los Angeles.
The 18-year-old former European Schoolboy gold and European Junior silver medallist has been signed up by Golden Boy Promotions and will be managed by Sheer Sports Management; replicating the path trod by Quigley when he turned professional in 2014.
McKenna, an eight-time Irish champion from the Old School club in Smithborough, will work at IRON Gym in Santa Monica, the gym own by Sheer Sports boss Ken Sheer, under former heavyweight contender Courage Tshabalala.
McKenna joins Golden Boy’s stellar stable of now 76 boxers and becomes Ireland’s youngest pro.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Aaron McKenna to Sheer Sports Management,” said Rachel Charles of Sheer Sports Management.
“It’s been a long careful process that’s spanned a few years of building a relationship with him and his family and we are finally here.
“We are confident that Aaron will do very well in the pros.
“From the first punch he threw while doing the mitts with coach Courage Tshabalala there was a collective goose bump moment in the gym.
“His dedication and focus is second to non. We are looking forward to his pro-debut and introducing him to the world.”