DERRY KICKBOXER, Eamon Deane is anxiously counting down the seconds ahead of his ISKA professional world youth title fight in Germany.
The Creggan man, who turned 21 years-old yesterday, goes toe-to-toe with German based Turkish kickboxer, Maroof ‘on fire’ Ozcan in Stuttgart tonight.
Deane’s world title fight tops the bill at the sold-out arena and he’s eager to impress over 1,000 German fight fans and win them over with his all action style.
Representing Strike Martial Arts Academy, Deane came in a fraction lighter than his opponent at yesterday’s weigh-in.
With the fight set at 72.5kgs, the scales read 70kgs for Deane who looks to be in the best shape of his career while Ozcan weighed in at 71kgs.
Commenting from his hotel in Stuttgart, Deane insists he’s excited about tonight’s show.
“The venue is something out of this world,” said Deane. “There will be over 1,000 people there tonight and I’m the main event.
“I’m truely grateful and blessed for this opportunity and I have put my heart and soul into this. I can’t wait to fight.
“I’m living the dream at the minute. I’m topping the bill on the biggest show in Europe and that just proves that hard work and dedication pays off.”
Deane’s coach, four times world professional kickboxing champion, Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley knows all about fighting at the top level and he’s been impressed with how Deane has taken it all in his stride so far.
I’m truely grateful and blessed for this opportunity and I have put my heart and soul into this. I can’t wait to fight.Eamon Deane
“Ever the professional Eamon weighed in at 70kgs flat,” confirmed ‘Pinta’. “Now it’s time for him to eat and replenish fluid ahead of tonight’s fight.
“This is the most professional set-up I’ve seen. There are representatives from Glory who are judging the fights so it promises to be a top class event.
“Maroof is the hometown favourite which suits us just fine,” he added. “Eamon is in incredible shape and is ready to represent Strike and Derry at the top level.
“We took a look around the fight venue earlier and they were putting the finishing touches to it but the set-up is unreal,
It sold out just over 1,000 spectators and Eamon is top of the bill so we can’t wait to get in there.”