Showtime Stephen McAfee aiming for higher slot and another KO on Saturday

Stephen McAfee [1(1)-0] is a fighter that loves the spotlight.

A confident entertainer, the Sallynoggin lightweight wants to be scoring knockouts and electrifying crowds, and plans to continue this trend on ‘Celtic Clash 3: Building Champions’ in Dublin this Saturday.

A top kickboxer and the first ever Irish semi-pro boxing champion, McAfee is used to topping bills – and he wants to quickly return to this stage in the pro boxing world.

In his debut on ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ back in May, McAfee was bout number six of 15, taking to the ring at around 6:30pm in the early evening, an unfamiliar time for him

McAfee duly went out and put on one of the performances of the night, repeatedly knocking down Poland’s Marcin Ficner before a highlight-reel KO in the third.

The Dubliner hopes such a showing will propel him up the card on Saturday night at the National Stadium when he takes on Hungarian Attila Horvath [3(3)-6(5)].

“That’s exactly it,” he told

“I’m not used to fighting in one of the first ones, the later the better.”

McAfee is looking to put on repeat performance and another big KO, stating “yeah, why not? It seems like everyone enjoyed the last one and it seemed to get my name out there, went viral.”

“If I keep doing stuff like that it will keep shooting me up the ladder.”

“That’s what the fans will get. I’ve been doing it before.”

“I wasn’t surprised [by the KO]. If they were, I wasn’t, I’ve done it numerous times.”

Headlined by the Eric Donovan v Dai Davies BUI Celtic featherweight title fight, the ‘Celtic Clash 3: Building Champions’ card also features Regan Buckley v Carl McDonald, Gerard Whitehouse, James Cahill, Stephen McAfee, Martin Quinn, Aiden Metcalfe, Dylan McDonagh, Colin O’Donovan, Chris Mullally, Michael Gallagher, Keane McMahon, Niall O’Connor, John Joyce and Bernard Roe.

Tickets for the show cost €30 (Balcony), €40 (Gallery), €60 (Ringside), €100 (VIP Premium), and €15 (Under-15s gallery – must be bought alongside an adult ticket) and are available to buy from Stephen at 086 2454 350 or online at

Photo Credit: Laszlo Geczo Photography

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