Cathy McAleer ready to stop traffic on historic show

Cathy McAleer [5(1)-0] is ready stop traffic when she trades leather on a unique show in Sheffield tonight.

The Kellie Maloney managed bantamweight appears on the first ever drive through show and is ready to impress.

The 42-year-old has changed things up ahead of her second fight of 2020, relocating to Guilford to work with John Edwards at a gym with plenty of female sparring.

It’s something the all action operator feels she has really benefited from.

“Camp has gone really well,” McAleer told Irish-boxing.com.

“I have had a great variety of sparring partners. I had the opportunity to work with other male and female pro boxers around my weight, which I didn’t have in Belfast,” the fighter, who saw two Commonwealth title fights fall through in 2019 added before revealing she can’t wait to return to the ring.

“I am very excited to make history again and be part of the first ever drive thru boxing event . The team and I are really looking forward to my fifth pro fight.”

McAleer could have traded leather live on Sky against Shannon Courtenay last weekend, but turned down the offer from Matchroom – she explained why to Irish-boxing.com HERE.

Instead the former Co Down footballer faces Gabriella Mezei [10(3)-24(7)-5]. The Romania based Hungarian hasn’t the profile of Courtenay nor does she look like a similar level challenge on paper.

However, the 26-year-old has upset potential. Kobrak has 10 wins to her name, has only been stopped 7 times in 24 defeats and has drawn five, which suggests she was robbed of an upset on a number of occasions.

The away fighter also upset German Cheyenne Hanson in February and could be a threat over four two minute rounds.

McAleer isn’t worried, she has confidence her team have manufactured a winning game plan and as a result she has focused on making sure the best McAleer turns up on the night.

“If I am honest, I let the coach do the digging and watching of opponents and set up a game plan. I like to focus on what am doing. I am aware Gabriella is very experienced pro fighter with 39 fights. I give every opponent the upmost respect as not easy to step into a ring.”

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 sport for a living for 19 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