Stephen McAfee aims to continue breakthrough year with all-Irish win

Stephen McAfee has been making big statements since Day One, and now the Sallynoggin super feather is ready to reap the rewards.

McAfee [2(2)-0] has scored two big knockouts in his first two fights, and tomorrow night goes into an all-Irish fight with the promise of a title shot should he win.

The Dubliner takes on Cork’s Colin O’Donovan [1(1)-1(1)] on the big ‘Celtic Clash 4’ card at the National Stadium, and the winner of the six round contest will secure a shot at the vacant BUI Celtic super featherweight title next year.

It’s a startling ascent for the former kickboxer and semi-pro fighter who turned over earlier this year to little fanfare.

“I would use the word shocked before happy,” he told as he reflected on his rapid rise.

“To be honest I wasn’t expecting to have this many fights in such a short space of time. I had my first fight in May and if someone would have said I’d have three fights before the year ended I wouldn’t have believed them.”

Marcin Ficner was sent down again and again, Attila Horvath was hospitalised with broken ribs, McAfee has attracted attention with his displays.

It’s been a conscious decision to stand out, and the 26 year old described how “I did do my best to make sure promoters wanted me back.”

“No one really knew me, so I always planned to stand out and make them remember me. It seems to have paid off.”

Against O’Donovan he faces his toughest foe yet, and McAfee is eager for a hard fight.

The 26 year old described how “I want rounds. I feel I need them. I will make sure I get four rounds in first.”

“My plan is to get a stoppage in the fifth or sixth. I want rounds more than anything to be honest but I want the stoppage too.”

“Every fight is getting bigger. Hopefully it keeps going that way.”

Photo Credit: Laszlo Geczo Photography



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