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History not just headlines- Celtic title not enough for Siobhan O’Leary

Coming home from Scotland with a Celtic title after successfully navigating just a fourth career win would be a ‘big accomplishment’ admits Siobhan O’Leary, but not accomplishment enough.

The Limerick based super featherweight is massively excited about her proposed clash Scotland based Greek Eftychia for the inaugural BUI Celtic title set for Glasgow and September 6. 

The Eddie Hyland trained fighter is determined to secure a title that will help validate her decision to turn over past the 30 mark, but doesn’t see it as an end of a chapter rather a strap that can pave the way to a historic fight she is more than keen to partake in. 

The Boxing Ireland fighter see’s the title as a stepping stone to an Irish title fight and is keen to use it to help set up an historic fight with fellow Irish super featherweight Elaine Greenan.

“It’s a massive fight and I am looking forward to it,” she told Irish-boxing.com when confirming her trip to Scotland.

“Winning a title is a big accomplishment, but it opens doors too. For me it paves the way to that Irish title fight. I want to be one half of that historical fight and play my part in Irish boxing history.”

If O’Leary and Greenan were to meet for the Irish strap it would prove to be the first ever female Irish title fight- and that is something that really excites the Kerry native.

“I would be honoured, humbled and grateful for that to come into my life of course and this is a major step to that.”

First and foremost is the Celtic title fight for O’Leary and it’s one she is confident of winning.

“Our team are confident. Stephen, Eddie and now myself are all confident. I go over there confident of bringing back the title,” she adds before dismissing any suggestions travelling may be an issue.

“If I am to worry about traveling or going to Scotland I may as well keep boxing journey women for the rest of my career. Whats the point of that? I am confident I can win and it doesn’t matter where it is.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)


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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