Tommy McCafferty will go into the lion’s den tomorrow night in the Circus Krone Stadium in Munich in an attempt to be declared the Undisputed Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World.
The Letterkenny native describes the bout against Russia’s Semen Poskotin as the biggest of his career to date and has been doing as much research on his opponent as possible in the lead-up to the fight.
“It’s sometimes tough to get a chance to see your opponents but I’ve managed to see him on a couple of YouTube videos and he looks to be a very good boxer,” McCafferty said. “I’m sure I’ll see on the night but as he’s a world champion in his own right it’s fair to say he’ll be a tough opponent.”
Twenty-six-year-old McCafferty is the current ISKA (International Sport Kickboxing Association) Professional Middleweight and Light-middleweight Kickboxing Champion and will lock horns with Poskotin, the current WKA (World Kickboxing Association) World Professional Light-middleweight Kickboxing Champion.
McCafferty is no stranger to fighting on German soil and this is his fourth trip. In the first defence of his title since defeating French champion Dino Perrotta in the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny in 2008, he overcame top German fighter Dominik ‘the German Bull’ Haselbeck in hard fought encounter before defeating the same opponent again. Then, the following March, McCafferty challenged for the World middleweight title against two-time world champion German Jens Lintow, only to lose out on a close decision in Ingolstadt.
Coached by three-time world champion Paddy Toland at PT’s Kickboxing Gym in Carrigans, McCafferty now lives in Burt and will be well-backed in Munich tomorrow night on a bill that includes seven world championship fights.
“So far we’ve about 25 making the trip and I’m only after hearing there’s another gang from Germany coming up to support me,” he continues. “It’ll be some atmosphere as the venue of 3,000 is sold out. It’s always different fighting like this away from home but that’s what you have to do if you want to compete for the belts and the big prizes so I’ve no problem with that.
“This, being a unification fight, means it’s probably as big a fight as I’ve been involved in but I’ve been to Germany before so I’m confident I can come back with the right result again.”