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Boxing Baller’ – O’Hara McCafferty Celebrates Football Success

Kristina O’Hara McCafferty [2-0] was lifting silverware after lacing up studded boots rather than the boxing boots she is more accustomed to last weekend.

The Belfast minimum weight prospect took advantage of her proposed September 2 clash being pushed back to October 7 to take to the football pitch.

The multi-talented sports star lined out for Belfast Swifts FC alongside her sister Danielle in the South Belfast YFL Plate Final.

The Unified Promotions puncher and her teammates defeated Shorts FC Women by the odd goal in five to win a highly entertaining decider and celebrate cup success at Danny Blanchflower Stadium.

The tie wasn’t the fighter’s first football game, as a youngster O’Hara McCafferty was a standout baller. In fact, she showed so much promise as a tough tackling fullback that Nottingham Forest offered her a trial when she was 14.

However, by that stage, she had fallen in love with boxing and she picked gumshields over shin pads.

“That was the year when I was starting to take boxing a bit more seriously, getting a few more fights because I was moving up in weight and getting older,” she said previously.

“I had a choice to make but I never went for a trial. That was the football door closed, but the door to boxing was just starting to open. I was only playing football for fun and that was a wee bit serious for what I wanted to do at the time.”

The St John Bosco graduate will return to the boxing ring on October 7 where she fights a yet to be confirmed foe in just her third pro fight.

The Irish Boxing Awards Debut of the Year winner has impressed in her two fights to date, catching the eye against Maira Dayana Loyola and Camila Erica Avaca.


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