Christina McMahon blames promoters for Katie Taylor’s fight woes


Two-time world title challenger Christina McMahon suggests those who guide WBC champion Delfine Persoon and WBO title holder Rose Volante and not the fighters themselves could be the reason we have yet to see female lightweight unification fights.

With the IBF and WBA titles already decorating her waist line, the extremely ambitious Katie Taylor is keen to become undisputed and wants the straps held by the aforementioned champions.

However, making fights with both has proved difficult over the past 12 months. Indeed, the usually smack talk adverse Bray fighter has recently questioned both stressing a real champion should have a desire to test themselves against the best rather than prolong a title reign via fights with hand picked opponents.

McMahon, who was Ireland’s leading lady during a successful yet frustrating career, agrees with the sentiment, but doesn’t necessarily believe either fighter isn’t keen to get in the ring with the now world renowned star.

“Katie is 100 per cent right,” said McMahon, speaking on 2FM’s Game On

“If you are world champion, step up to the mark. However, we all know politics in the pro game and we can’t believe everything that we are hearing.

“So it would be nice to hear all the promoters being interviewed at the same time, and leave the girls out of it.

It must be a frustrating position for the London 2012 gold medalist to be in as she bids to cement a pro legacy to match that of her amateur one.

However, McMahon points out the supreme talent is probably as well positioned as any female fighter to achieve greatness.

“She’s in a better position that us women have been in the past.

“For example, I had to go to Mexico, where the WBC was born. The girl that I fought had 54 wins and had never fought outside Mexico, except once and the only time she fought outside Mexico, she lost.”

“So that is what we have been up against for years and we are banking on the likes of Katie Taylor to come up to the table now and get the public talking about it.”

“The politics side, the money side of things, let them tell the truth as to why this is happening and why aren’t they fighting outside their own country.”

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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 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