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New date for McMahon World Title shot

Christina McMahon will aim to become Ireland’s third reigning World Champion at the end of the month. The Monaghan woman’s delayed clash with Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley has finally been re-fixed to Thursday October 29th at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York.

The pair will clash for ‘Slick’ Ashley [22(4)-10(0)-1] WBC super bantamweight World Title. McMahon [7(3)-0] won the WBC interim bantamweight title back in May against Catherine Phiri in Zambia.

‘Lightning’ was due to face Ashley for the belt on September 15th but the fight was postponed due to promotional issues.

The fight will see Brooklyn-based Ashley attempt to extend her own World record as boxing’s oldest female World champion. On fight night she will be 48 years and 81 days old compared to McMahon – who will be only 41 years and 111 days old.

Ashley’s promoter, and former pro, Dmitriy Salita respects the challenge put forward by the Irishwoman and believes that Ashley’s “great skills will certainly be put to the test against an undefeated contender in Christina McMahon.”

McMahon will be an underdog going into the 10x2minute rounds bout, but that will not bother her at all considering she was willing to travel to Zambia as an underdog and would come away with the title.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie