By David Boyle: On October 22 history will be made when the first ever female Irish title fight takes place in Dundalk, Ireland.
On the home coming bill headlined by Irish lightweight Michael Kelly, Christina McMahon (3-0-0) 2ko’s), will trade punches with Maxine McCarthy (5-0-0). Women’s boxing has been on the rise in Ireland recently as young women look to get involved in the sport following the rise to prominence and success of Bray’s Katie Taylor, who hopes to be the first to win gold at the Olympics in women’s boxing.
The cross over appeal really seems to have developed as Chirstina McMahon is a former world Kickboxing champion. Maxine on the other hand is being promoted by Former world champion Ricky Hatton thus illustrating the rise of women in a sport so dominated by men and which has been so stubborn to change in the past.
Maria Ni Shiuilleabhain is also a breath of fresh air to Irish Boxing. Having been dominated by men for so long Maria will be the first female promoter in the sport’s history and she will be looking to brighten up the sport with a feminine touch.
Having seen the sport dwindle on these shores since the retirement of Bernard Dunne, this truly can develop into something great with the public’s support.
The event is being promoted by Maria Ni Shiuilleabhain and her BDR Promotions company. The event is being headlined by former World Military champion Michael Kelly, who is looking to get his career back on track, on home turf, coming off two recent defeats. Undefeated Alan Donnellan will also be on show in his fourth outing as a pro.
July 18, 2011