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McAleenan makes professional knockout

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

McAleenan makes professional knockout thumbnailDecky McAleenan

NEWRY'S Decky McAleenan won his second MMA fight since turning professional earlier this year.

McAleenan, who fights out of Newry Muay Thai, beat Alex Davidson with a second round knock-out in the Headhunters Fighting Championships in Scotland last weekend.

It was a significant victory as it brings the Newry athlete closer to the bigger contests in America, but McAleenan faced a long hard road before getting into the cage in Scotland, which made his win even sweeter.

"I had a terrible run coming up as I was meant to fight in Cork. I was training in the USA and had dropped a weight and trained to fight a guy from Sweden in Cork but it was cancelled the day before the fight because he Swedish lad hadn't sorted out his finances," said McAleenan.

"Then I had to try and get a replacement fight as soon as possible and the one in Scotland came up.

"But since the cancelled fight in Cork I had suffered several injuries including having a trapped nerve in my back for three weeks and then about two or three weeks ago I got my nose broke in training.

"It was three weeks of absolute hell, I tried physio, osteopath and even had a guy stick needles in my back [medical acupuncture].

"Realistically I had two weeks of proper training for the fight and after what happened in Cork and since, to come out of Scotland with a knockout felt absolutely brilliant.

"It was great to get back and to have another knockout it was a good feeling to stop the fight."

The 25-year-old fights at featherweight, 66kilos, and trains every day at the WIN in Newry as well as regularly flying out to America to train. As a professional he has a nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach and importantly he isn't signed to any particular promotions so it gives him the freedom to fight when and where he chooses.

McAleenan is ambitious and he wants to fight in front of the big crowds in America, where as a professional that's where the money is made and he feels he is on the right path to achieving his dream

"At this stage of my career it is all about getting the win and building the record," said McAleenan.

"My goal would be to win maybe another two fights and then go out to fight in the States.

"You have to take the fights and build up the record but MMA is different than boxing because there is no journey men in MMA as it is not the sort of career you pick in order to take a beating.

There is no real money in it until you get to the big shows so at the minute my next fight is my biggest fight as it will take me closer to my goal."

McAleenan is also coach and teaches the sport to children and teenagers and his Newry Muay Thai team enjoyed success at the Cage Legacy Tournament in Dublin.

Gerard McEvoy won three fights to win his belt in 11-12 year old category and Oisin Fox picked up his third title as despite not feeling well he still won his three fights.

"That's his third title and he is defending one in October and he will be fighting for his fourth title in November, said McAleenan,

Oisin is absolutely flying and all the fighters are doing really well and are dedicated.

"The younger ones do four or five hours a week whereas the older guys at 14 to 16 years old train for ten to 12 hours a week."

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