Derry MMA star Steve Owens will take centre stage this weekend for his second professional mix martial arts fight at the Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick.

Owens (pictured) will top the bill at Sunday’s Akuma Fighting Championship event, which is set to showcase 18 MMA fights, including two professional fights and three amateur title bouts.

Owens, who became PFC Pro-European K1 Champion in June, got an easy TKO finish when he made his professional MMA debut in September against Keith McGabe at the Foyle Arena.

However, it hasn’t been all plain sailing for the Derry man and he has had to endure a number of late cancellations from different opponents over the last number of months.

An injury to Paul Lawrence forced the Ruszh Fight Academy trainer out of the fight eight days before the scheduled event was set to take place.

With only a limited amount of time to find a new opponent Owens was eventually lined up against Terry Doyle, a hard hitting, more experienced opponent, who has eight professional MMA fights.

Doyle (4-4), who trains out of London, has only won one out of his last five fights, and Owens believes he can get the job done when the officials lock the cage doors on Sunday evening.

“When I get the win, it’s only a better win for me,” Owens said. “I don’t see him lasting the first round at all, you know, I’m going in there with big power shots and I’m going to put him down. At the end of the day we are wearing four-ounce gloves, not ten ounce like K1, so you know I’m going to win this fight. And not only that, I’m going to knock him out.”

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