Stopping people is becoming a welcome habit for Stephen McAfee.
One of six debutants on the Celtic Clash 2 card last Saturday night, McAfee made a perfect start to pro life.
The first ever Irish semi pro champion stood out from a packed crowd on a show that broke records for the number of fights it hosted with a brilliant one punch knockout.
The 26 year old former kickboxer landed with a sweet left hook to send Marcin Ficner to the canvas for the third and final time of their scheduled four rounder.
The knockout was certainly eye catching and it’s something the light welterweight says fans can expect more of.
“I don’t looking for it anymore and it seems to work. It’s becoming a good habit,” McAfee said of the stoppage.
“I knew when I landed it was over. I didn’t throw full blooded I hit like I would on the pads, but when I seen how he fell I knew that was it.”
“That was the first time I wore eight ounce gloves. In the changing rooms they asked me what gloves and I told them to give me the smallest they had. I could really feel the difference. I think I could have the power to be dangerous at the weight.”
“In the last couple of fights, even in the kickboxing I have been putting people down and out of the ring, stuff like that.”
McAfee, who feels like he is playing catch up somewhat, claims he planned to stand out going into the stacked card and he certainly managed to do just that.
“The main goal for tonight was to get people talking about me.I think I did that with tonight’s performance.
“It all worked out great for me. I didn’t want to get it over and done with. I wanted to stay in the ring for as long as possible. I am playing catch up to everyone else, they are all boxing since they are two. I want to be in there enjoy it and get as much as feel for it as I can.”
Photo Credit Laszlo Geczo