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Magnificent 7 – Latest Irish title win “meant the most” to Shauna O’Callaghan

Shauna O’Callaghan won her seventh Irish title at the weekend and it was the pick of a big bunch.

The Crossmaglen lightweight has been coming down to Dublin to win titles for years now but her Irish U18 title win over Marguerita Nevin was particularly special.

O’Callaghan had been beaten before by the same opponent but dug deep to edge the St Brigid’s Kildare talent in a close final and was absolute ecstatic with the win.

“That one meant the most to me,” the Clann Naofa boxer told afterwards.

“I’ve worked so hard for it. I’ve been training morning and night, 6 o’clock in the morning!”

With Nevin a familiar opponent, O’Callaghan explained how “I went in knowing what she boxed like because I’ve fought her twice before.”

“I didn’t win those other times so I was really determined to win this time.”

“I went in there and gave it my all, I left all of myself in the ring.”

It was the perfect end to a glittering underage career for the European Junior silver medallist who is now set for a move into the adult ranks.

O’Callaghan outlined how “I’m off to the Seniors now, that was my last fight in the Under-18s – thank God, I ended it with a win, I’m happy with that.”

“I won’t get a break, and I don’t mind, I’ve gotten into a routine of training.


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Joe O'Neill

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