Boxing star Mikey McKinson ‘honoured’ to share his ‘underdog' story ahead of US Portsmouth’s Wembley glory bid

Boxing star Mikey McKinson says it was an 'honour' to be invited along to share his sporting story with the US Portsmouth squad ahead of their massive FA Vase semi-final showdown with Binfield.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 8:11 am
US Portsmouth defender Tom Cain, left, has the WBO Global welterweight belt over his shoulder and faces off with Mikey McKinson

And the Pompey Problem is hoping his words can play some part in helping inspire USP to reach an unbelievable Wembley final.

The 26-year-old southpaw was a surprise face at USP's final training session on Thursday after being asked along by boss Glenn Turnbull

Turnbull, whose cousin Gavin Jones is part of McKinson's training team, was keen for the 20-0 professional fighter to share his experiences of proving doubters wrong throughout his career.

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US Portsmouth manager Glenn Turnbull, left, Mikey McKinson, centre, and emergency response team medic and mental health first aider Danny Thompson

USP have been tipped to hit the canvas in all seven FA Vase ties this term by outsiders looking in - yet they've landed all the knockout blows to date.

McKinson is all too familiar with that feeling, having constantly been doubted throughout his career.

But his message was simple to the USP players as he addressed them ahead of facing Binfield - just keep believing in yourself.

McKinson said: 'I’m honoured to be asked to come down.

'It’s obviously a completely different sport but there are a lot of similarities in my story with them as well.

‘It was good to have a little chat with them and inspire a few of them to get the job done.

'They’ve just got to have self-belief in themselves and the hard work from their team - that’s how I deal with things.

‘It’s doesn’t matter if people don’t back them or people don’t back me and stuff like that - there are a lot of similarities.

‘As long as they just focus on themselves and nothing else they won’t have any problems.

‘I think that’s the key to it all, being the underdog.

‘There are going to be a lot of people saying they can’t do it, there are going to be a lot of people doubting them and everyone looking at the other team being the favourite, just like me, but I focussed on myself and did not care in the world about anyone else.'