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History makers? Siobhan O’Leary calls for fight with fellow Irish super feather

Siobhan O’Leary [2(1)-0] is looking to make boxing history by becoming one half of the first ever female Irish title fight.

The Limerick based Kerry native has called for a bout with fellow Irish super featherweight Elaine Greenan.

If the clash does come off it’s reported Boxing Ireland would love to make if for the Irish title- and if that was the case it would be a history making bout.

O’Leary is out for the third time since turning over on the Leeside Revolution card set for Cork and July 20 and isn’t looking for the aforementioned clash on that card.

However, the fight would be a perfect fit for Celtic Clash 9 which has been mooted to play out around September time.

The pair are both active at super featherweight and by all accounts eager to make a mark as early as possible- and O’Leary is adamant a clash with the Scottish based Irish fighter make sense.

“It makes sense for the two of us to fight. It does make sense. I can’t see how it doesn’t,” she said.

“We are both super feather. I know she has a bit more experience than me in terms of fights, but I back myself all the way. Anyone that gets in a fight with me is going to know they are in a fight. I want to test myself, this is how I am going to get better.”

Before any proposed all Irish clash O’Leary first has a clash in Cork to look forward too-and looking forward to it she certainly is.

“I am buzzing for it. I really am. It’s come around quick again which is great. I think it’s brilliant I have been out three times in just over six months.

“The second it was announced my massive base of supporters in Limerick and Kerry where like ‘yes, it’s an hour away, we are going to be there’.”

The Eddie Hyland trained fighter’s first pro bout ended in her favour and via devastating knock-out. Her second outing proved a much harder test, as the notably  tough Polish fighter Bojana Libiszewska was able to handle the Killarney natives power and asked some questions of her own. 

Most would  hope for someone with less heart and determination  next time out, but O’Leary seems more than content to be handed tests.

“I feel I am still settling. I think my last fight was a real real test of my grit. There was a vast difference in terms of experience between myself and my last opponent. I suppose for me and my team it was a big test to see if I’d come through it or not. Thankfully I did, but I could have hit her with a sledgehammer and she would have kept coming. She was tough, but I needed that myself. I felt I needed that, I needed to be able to experience biting down on my gum-shield and grind it out.”


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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