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Cathy McAleer believes she should be included in the exciting bantam mix

Cathy McAleer [4(1)-0] believes she is in the mix when it comes super-batamweight belters.

After watching Amy Timlin and Carly Skelly battle to a draw on the Usky vs Chisora undercard on Saturday, Eddie Hearn surmised the weight class could produce some quality and entertaining domestic clashes.

The Matchroom boss suggested Rachel Ball, Shannon Courtenay, Carly Skelly, and Amy Timlin could all share the ring around the weight and entertain the fans moving forward.

When asked about that McAleer told Irish-boxing.com: “I already class myself as in [the mix with those fighters]. I know am weight division below at bantam as the girls, but I certainly see myself driving female boxing and certainly at a very high level.”

McAleer was due to be out this month, but the Drive Through card she is to fight on at the Sheffield Arena has been pushed back.

The unique card now takes place on December 11 rather than November 20, but the Belfast fighter is just content to have a date.

“I am over the moon to get a fight date and opportunity to make history on the first ever Drive Thru Fighting Night . My sponsors its4women have supported me through covid and been amazing so to finally get fight date is brilliant news we are all excited,” she adds before reflecting on her pandemic forced period of inactivity.

“It was hard with the lockdown, as I was just building momentum and got sent home early from camp in Birmingham. I trained hard and kept the focus and just put it down as another hurdle. To get great news of this fight date is worth the wait.

Not only has McAleer a date to work toward, the 42-year-old has an opponent to shape preparations around.

The Kellie Maloney managed fighter faces the experienced and somewhat in form Jasmin Nad [11(5)-23(0)-5].

The Serbian has lost 23, but has never been stopped and secured five draws. She also has won five of her last eight, three by stoppage, all away from home and all bar one against undefeated opposition, suggesting the fighter that took Shannon Courtaney the distance has found real form.

“I fight Jasmin Nad from Serbia, a very experienced fighter with 39 pro professional fights. She will be a tough opponent and I look forward to the challenge.”

McAleer has decided to relocate for fight camps. It was decided the camp of females John Edwards has at the Guilford Club made it the ideal place for the former Kickboxing standout.

“I will be based with John Edwards and Guilford club, from here on in during camp. After long discussion with Kellie my manager and rest of the team, we decided this was best place for my development. It’s a lot easier to get female sparring and males at my weight. Also to be part of a pro gym and train with pro fighters is where I need to be,” she adds before revealing the move had the blessing of her now old coach.

“John Breen agreed also with this decision and said its best move to make for me as a pro fighter. John still plays a massive role and stays in contact with me when am at camp and will always mentor me through my professional career.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com