19 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

A major title fight due to be staged in New York on Tuesday evening involving Carrickmacross boxer Christina McMahon was unexpectedly postponed shortly before she was due to leave Dublin, having just received a visa for travel to the United States. ‘Lightning’ as she is known was due to challenge for the World Boxing Council’s Super Bantamweight crown, in a weight class one up from her current division. She won the WBC interim world title in Kenya in May, defeating Catherine Phiri.

41 year-old Christina is Ireland’s only professional female title holder with an undefeated record so far of seven wins with no draws. The opponent who she is due to face is Jamaican born Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley, a four-times world champion, who held the W.B.C. Super Bantamweight for over three years until losing a controversial majority decision in Mexico a year ago to Jackie Nava. Her record is 22 wins, ten losses and one draw.

The fight was postponed for what was said to be ‘logistical reasons’. It’s understood complications arose because of the insistence by the New York state Athletic Commission that boxers are available for medical examination five days before the fight. The regulations state that the last five days of training by the principals in main events of boxing contests shall be completed in the State of New York.

The boxer’s husband and coach, Frick McMahon, told the Northern Standard they hoped to get a new date for the contest soon. The earliest being offered by the promoter would be October 27th but a potential date some two weeks earlier is also being mentioned as a possibility on another bill. In the meantime Christina continues in training, much of which she is doing locally.

In a separate development the WBC Female Championship Chairman Malte Müller-Michaelis has written to a Zambian fight promoter following incorrect newspaper reports in that country that Christina had allegedly been stripped of her interim title because, it was claimed, she had refused to meet Catherine Phiri for a re-match. In an email Mr Müller-Michaelis requested the promoter not to publicly attack other champions and fighters.

He emphasised that Christina McMahon is still the interim bantamweight champion after she beat Catherine in Lusaka and that her team would decide after the fight against Alicia Ashley if she moves up in weight or stays at bantamweight and there might still be a rematch somewhere down the line. He said the WBC family always tried to be fair and treat each other with the utmost respect, including not publicly using other fighter’s names unless they meet in the ring or have agreed and consented to being quoted. He asked the promoter to inform the press in Zambia about the correct status of the Monaghan boxer.

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