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First Irish semi-pro champion secures pro debut date

An exciting new addition to the Irish welterweight scene will make his professional debut later this month.

It has been confirmed that fighting man Stephen McAfee will make his pro bow on the ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ bill at the National Stadium on Saturday May 27th.

A champion kickboxer and former accomplished amateur boxer, Sallynoggin’s McAfee became the first ever Irish semi-pro champion back in February, outpointing fellow new pro Karl Kelly over eight two-minute rounds.

McAfee is known for his aggressive, power-punching style and promises to bring entertainment to the pro game.

The Monkstown BC man will debut over four rounds on the Gunning-Davitt bill, the largest in Irish boxing history, and he will one of six boxers making their entry into the paid ranks on the card.

Also featuring in three weeks time are Eric Donovan, Jake Hanney, Stephen Carroll, Jay Byrne, Gerard Whitehouse, Rohan Date, Allan Phelan, Vladimir Belujsky, Carl McDonald, Lynn Harvey, John Joyce, Liam Gaynor, Regan Buckley, Johnny Corcoran, and Keane McMahon – with two more to be announced over the weekend.

Tickets for Celtic Clash 2 are priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and are available from the boxers involved.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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