Kristina O’Hara-McCafferty waits for World Title go-ahead

All Kristina O’Hara McCafferty [3-0] needs is the nod.

The Belfast fighter feels capable of competing at world level and if her team feels the same she is ready to start chasing down world champions.

In fact, she is open to world tilts across three weight divisions despite the fact she is just three fights into her career.

The Belfast fighter registered career win number 3 when she beat the experienced and well travelled Judit Hachbold live on BBC IPlayer in Rotherham on Friday,

The fact Hungary’s Hachbold was brought in to replace Brenda Balderas Martinez, after the Mexican had secured a world title shot, was used to highlight how close the St John Bosco’s graduate is to a tilt of her own in the build-up.

The topic was raised again post-Women of Steel victory and O’Hara McCafferty sang off the same hymn sheet as she did before the fight.

The Commonwealth Games silver medal winner believes she is ready and is confident she could win a world title – but points out her fate remains in the hands of her team.

“Whatever the team have in line for me, that’s what I’ll be doing. Whether that’s before or after Christmas, I’ll be ready,” she said after her win.

“I feel like I’m making statements every time I’m in the ring and proving myself, so if the team decide I’m ready for a world title then we will start going for them,” she added before revealing she is open to options across a few weights.

“My natural weight is minimumweight, but there are people out there who are a bit heavier and I’m willing to move up the weights or down, so we’ll see what’s being offered and what the team decides.”

Reflecting on the fight she added: “I enjoyed that so much.

“I put in a long camp and spent so much time away from my son, so it’s such a relief to get it over with and get wait to get home and see him.”

With the pool being so light at the lowest of weights it is quite possible O’Hara McCafferty could secure a world title fight very soon. Indeed, it’s possible a fighter of her talents could have record-breaking career if she remained down the scales.

If the Belfast Unified Promotions fighter could do atomweight her chances of becoming Ireland’s first three-weight world champion would increase massively, and such is her ability there are some who suggest she could be competitive at world level up at super flyweight meaning there are five divisions she could target success in.


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