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“Exciting things” ahead for warrior Christina McMahon

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A lot of the World’s problems could probably be solved if you were able to bottle Christina McMahon‘s positivity and fighting spirit.

The Monaghan flyweight was due to challenge for the WBA title on Saturday night at the National Stadium in Dublin, only to see champion Linda Laura Lecca from Peru withdraw from the fight.

If we are to go with clichés, it was the cherry on top of an awful 2016 for McMahon, but the 42 year old is adamant that it will not be the final straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Having already been on the end of a dubious decision in Mexico back in March, and then a protracted battle with the WBC, it seemed like the title fight formerly scheduled for this weekend would be a much deserved shot at redemption. Alas, McMahon [7(3)-2(0)] was presented with more disappointment. However, when you speak to the permanently smiling 42 year old, you would not think that she had recently been on the receiving end of even more bad news.

“I’ve come to terms with it, it took me twelve hours,” laughed McMahon when she spoke to Irish-Boxing.com recently.

“I gave myself a bit of time to get my head around the shock, understand what was happening, and to feel a little bit sorry for myself and say ‘why does this always happen to me’ – but then I got up on the Saturday morning and said ‘right, away we go again.'”

“It’s just something else that’s gone wrong, but this sort of stuff is happening to a lot of athletes.”

McMahon is keeping positive. Where many would have given up, ‘Lightning’ is already eyeing more big fights and that elusive World title. The Carrickmacross fighter won the hearts of the WBA during the breakdown of the Lecca fight, accepting short-notice world title fights both above and below her natural weight, only for them to also not materialise. This sort of endearing courageousness may see McMahon be given further opportunities, and she revealed that “there’s talks going on at the moment. There’s a few exciting things that have come out of the blue and, as they say, out of every bad situation,a good one arises, and a few new ones have come out of this week.”

“I wont disclose it just yet because there’s a lot of negotiations that still have to be made, but I’ll have some news in the new year.”

“This girl’s going to keep training for now!”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie