10 November 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The countdown is on to December 3rd. It’s almost a case of seconds out, round one, for local boxer Christina McMahon as she prepares to take on Peruvian boxer and reigning world champion, Linda Lecca, at the National Stadium in Dublin, writes PATRICK SMYTH

Should McMahon (currently ranked No.1 Irish and European Super Flyweight) succeed, she would become the first ever female Irish boxer to claim a WBA belt, and only the third ever Irish boxer to achieve such a feat after fellow Monaghan native Barry McGuigan and Dubliner Bernard Dunne.

The fight will headline the FS Promotions “History in The Making” Show at the historic National Stadium. It will be the first time a female professional boxing world title bout is staged in Ireland. It is also the first time ever an Irish boxer will fight for a world title at the National Stadium.

After turning professional in 2010, McMahon rose rapidly through the rankings, claiming the interim WBC World Bantamweight belt after overcoming Catherine Phiri of Zambia in May, 2015.

However, there have been disappointments along the way too. For instance, at a WBC title shot in Mexico in March of this year,. McMahon, and the majority of the crowd, were left stunned after officials declared the bout was won by the Monaghan fighter’s opponent, Zulina Munoz.

This decision was followed up by a drugs test and a lengthy appeal against the officials’ decision. Although the appeal ended in the WBC promising McMahon a rematch, no such fight prevailed. Instead, after McMahon publicised the details of what happened in Mexico, she was suspended by the WBC.

McMahon is determined to set the record straight on the past year and claim the belt which she rightfully deserves. The past year has provided a drive that has given the boxer the determination and work ethic to return from suspension and finally lay claim to that elusive WBA belt.

However, to make her historical attempt a reality, McMahon needs the support of the Irish public in …

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