Introducing: Kate Radomska – ‘I’ve been in some form of fighting half my life’

Kate Radomska believes she can bring ‘big stoppages’ to the female boxing scene.

The Waterford native officially joined the pro ranks when she confirmed she turned over last week.

Speaking to Irish-boxing.com soon after the news broke, she predicted her style would make her a fan friendly addition to pro scene.

Indeed, she is hopeful she can bring something many argue the female side of the game lacks, knockouts, to the table.

“The fans will get to see me in very exciting fights, my style is to control the pace of the fight picking accurate punches. I like to work solid body shots, be on the front foot being controlled and not being reckless,” the 30-year-old said.

“My style will definitely suit the pro game and hopefully the fans will get to see some big stoppages.”

Radomska is a relative boxing new comer, but she isn’t new to combat. Like a host of the pros on the circuit at present, she comes from kick boxing and Muay Thai background.

“I’ve been in some form of fighting half my life,” she explains before referencing her amateur experience.

“I joined St. Paul’s boxing club in 2017 to get as many fights in as possible. In those 3 years I had roughly 25 fights and won 2 Celtic Box Cups and most recently the Haringey Cup. I would’ve loved to of represented Ireland but with the late move that was always gonna be a bit unrealistic even without Covid.”

Radomska always had pro aims, but would have like to fight internationally for Ireland. She reveals coming late to the sweet science means she couldn’t marry the two ambitions.

“I’m 30 now, and although I’ve picked up several titles since I moved to boxing, I think time would’ve been against me to try work my way in to the elite setup.

“Plus if I’m honest the whole reason why I moved to amateur boxing was to gain experience to eventually turn pro. I’ve always felt my style is more suited to the pros.”

The Waterford fighter with strong Polish connections is another benefiting from the Katie Taylor effect.

She revealed Taylor’s success has not only inspired her, but made a pro career possible.

“The main driving force behind the move to the pros right now is the rapidly growing popularity of women’s boxing, which of course is all thanks to the Queen of boxing Katie Taylor.

“She’s made it possible for all girls around the world to make boxing in the paid ranks a reality. Just two weeks before I signed pro terms Katelynn Phelan won her World title so that was also a massive inspiration and driving force behind the decision.”

The driving force behind her career from here on out will be Robbie Flynn, a London based Waterford boxing manager.

“Robbie was aware of me and was actually at my Haringey Cup fight in 2019. Although based in London since 2012 he’s been back in Waterford, again because of Covid. While home he inquired throughout the amateur boxing clubs of any fighters who may be looking to turn pro and I was one of the names that kept popping up, so he reached out to me.

“I told him my ambitions and he explained what I can expect from him as a manager and laid out a blueprint of how he sees my career going. We both felt very positive after that meeting so a few days later we agreed terms and 3 weeks later here I am with my pro licence getting ready to make my debut.”

When that debut comes remains to be seen. Ideally she would fight for pay for the first time in her home town, but venue is secondary to just getting the ball rolling.

“I’d love to fight in a packed Irish arena for my debut but at the moment even just fighting in front of a small crowd would be great.

“I know Neil Power has plans in place for Ring Kings 2 once restrictions are lifted so to make my debut on that show in my hometown would be a dream.

“If no shows are scheduled for January or February then the plan is to get out in London, most likely at York Hall. I could’ve potentially made my debut this side of the year as my team was approached about a show happening in Dubai the 26th of December but due to the travel, quarantine and the fact it’s the day after Christmas it just wasn’t practical.

“I know my debut is gonna’ come quickly in the New Year, so I’m just using this time to get as sharp as possible and when the time comes I’m gonna make a serious statement.”

Once the debut is done and an impression begun to be made, one of a number of new additions to the pro boxing family wants on a Matchroom card. Indeed, she think Eddie Hearn will want her on one of his bills.

“My short term plans are obviously to make my debut around February and then follow it up with another two four-rounders as quickly as possible. Hopefully if I impress I could get a run out on one of the Matchroom NextGen cards.

“I’m a big ticket seller with my Irish and Polish background so Eddie Hearne and Frank Smith can expect plenty of tickets sold along with a classy display from me inside the ring,” she adds before discussing the long term goals.

“As for the long term it’s really too early to say. Obviously with women’s boxing still in its infancy it’s possible to progress up to title level a lot quicker than the men.

“One thing I can say is my manager and my sponsors have made it clear that they’ll back me 100% and no financial barriers will come between me and reaching the top. So with that worry out of the way all that I do have to worry about is my boxing.”

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