Christina McMahon and Maxine McCarthy will make Irish boxing history when they compete in the first ever Women’s Irish National title fight on October 22.
The duo will do battle for the Irish Featherweight crown on the Dundalk ‘Home Coming’ Show and continue the female theme of ‘an event’ promoted by BDR promotions boss Maria Ni Shiuilleabhain.
Irish fans will be aware of former world kick boxing champion McMahon after her appearances on a number of Dolphil Promotions shows, but British based Ricki Hatton promoted McCarthy fights on Irish soil for the first time.
Ni Shiuilleabhain is predicting a great and historic battle between undefeated women and thinks the bout could play a major role in encouraging more female participation in the sport.
“I am so proud of the girls and to be involved in Ireland‘s first ever female Irish title fight,” Ni Shiuilleabhain told Mirror Sport.
“It is great they can finally show off their skills to a wider audience. This will pave the way for other female boxers to step into their shoes and take up the sport of professional boxing.”
The first time promoter also believes having an female title fight on a bill that is topped by Michael Kelly will open boxing to a female audience. However, she is keen to stress female boxers will soon get male admiration for their talent and skill.
“It will certainly draw a female audience, as girls like to support their own. But once the men in boxing realise that these women are just as tough and talented as most of the men out there, the girls talent will speak for itself. This is a great opportunity to showcase women’s boxing to all audiences.”