14/04/2024

Australia's Demsey McKean was dominant in his Matchroom Boxing debut - Photo: Matchroom Boxing/Twitter

In his Matchroom Boxing debut, Australia's Demsey McKean scored an emphatic sixth round TKO over American Don Haynesworth.

Australian Heavyweight Demsey McKean (20-0, 13 KOs) has emerged triumphant in his Matchroom Boxing debut, defeating American Don Haynesworth (16-8-1, 14 KOs) via sixth round TKO.

The win comes just nine days after news broke of the Queenslander’s signing with the overseas promoter.

Starting the bout in calculated fashion, ‘The Tower’ lived up to his moniker, establishing distance over Haynesworth and taking advantage of a three inch height difference. Of note across the first two rounds was the Australian’s ability to land left hands to both the body and head after an accurate right jab repeatedly found the mark.

Rounds three and four saw McKean increase his output against a waning opponent. On various occasions, the two punch combinations that defined the first two stanzas were followed up with rips to the body and heavy uppercuts.

Approaching the bell to end the fourth, the sheer weight of volume from the 31 year old appeared to have broken the dam wall.

After a straight left hand caught Haynesworth’s temple, McKean threw 34 unanswered punches to put his foe in a seriously compromised position. Somehow, the American survived the barrage to make it into the next round.

With the end in sight, the Ipswich native continued his impressive performance, before cornering Haynesworth with a six punch combination to start the sixth. The onslaught was enough for referee Kevin Hope to step in and stop proceedings just 27 seconds into the round.

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A jubilant but determined McKean broke down his performance, post-fight.

“I thought I started quite well, using my range, using my length which is something I’ve been working on,” he said.

“He’s a big guy, we knew he was quite durable, so I had to play it smart, use my range and pick my shots. We didn’t want to get carried away.

“I’m still learning, still green on the job and I’ve got a long way to go.

Having not competed overseas in boxing before this outing, the emphatic win is a nice start to the overseas career of McKean, who has recently trained with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte and Daniel Dubois.

In fact, McKean is part of a recent trend of Australian fighters showcasing their talents on foreign shores.

Last month, Brock Jarvis (20-0, 18 KOs) scored a comeback TKO victory in his first bout with Matchroom Boxing, while undefeated Super Lightweight Liam Paro (21-0, 13 KOs) will take on Yomar Alamo (20-0-1, 12 KOs) on the undercard of Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury on December 18.

Perhaps the biggest Australian fight of the year will take place next weekend, however, when Sydney’s George Kambosos Jr (19-0, 10 KOs) battles Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) for the IBF, WBA and WBO Lightweight World titles.

Now ranked at 11 and 12 with the WBO and IBF respectively, McKean will be hoping to follow the lead of his compatriots and catapult himself into competition with the elites of the Heavyweight division.

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