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Cathy McAleer secures historic title fight

Cathy McAleer [3(1)-0] will make Irish boxing history when she challenges for the Commonwealth title in just her fourth pro boxing fight.

The 40 year becomes the first Irish female fighter to challenge for the strap and becomes only the second Irish female fighter after Christina McMahon to top a pro bill in Ireland.

The career changing opportunity plays out on home soil for the former kickboxing world champion  as she challenges for the strap in the Europa Hotel on September 28.

To win a title that would change her career path dramatically McAleer will have to defeat the undefeated Kristen Fraser [6(2)-0].

Aberdeen native, Fraser became Scotland’s first female Commonwealth champion when she defeated Ellen Simwaka for the vacant title in November of last year.

The 31 year old from the Northern Sporting Club is unbeaten in six professional fights, took the short route to victory in her last two outings and will come to Belfast as favourite to win.

Also appearing on the bill will be recent world title challenger and former European champion James Tennyson. ‘Tenny’ will be looking to close in on a British lightweight shot with a third win since his Tevin Farmer reverse.

Kristen Fraser

Coalisland fighter Feargal McCrory is also scheduled to fight on the card. ‘Fearless’ is another awaiting a domestic title opportunity and is rumoured to be closing in on a Commonwealth title shot of his own.

Promoter Mark Dunlop confirmed other names will to be added over the coming weeks.

Speaking about the card the MHD boss said,

“It’s great to get a title fight like this in Belfast. Cathy has shown she has the ability to go far and this is the kind of chance she has been looking for. If she performs on the night Cathy will be the new Commonwealth champion.

“It is also great to have James Tennyson and Feargal McCrory on the bill. James will be looking to fight for a lightweight title in the next few months- while Feargal is getting better and better in each fight and a title shot will be on the cards for him in the near future.”


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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