Not done yet – Maloney considers historic offer and backs McAleer to bounce back

Kellie Maloney is adamant Cathy McAleer [4(1)-1(0)] will learn from her first career defeat and come back stronger and better.

The Belfast bantam hit what looked like it could be a devastating pot hole on ‘The Straightener in the Car Park’ card on Saturday night.

Gabriella Mezei out pointed the kick boxing convert over four rounds, inflicting on her a defeat that at first glance looks like it may threaten a 42-year-old’s career.

However, McAleer’s case is a bit different as are the workings in women’s boxing at present. In supreme shape with big backing, the Antrim bantam can be rebuilt. The big fights with the notable British names are still attainable – while a rematch with Mezei is now something many will want to see.

Not to mention she has the option of competing the first all Irish female professional fight after being called out by Waterford’s Kate Radomska less that 24 hours after her defeat.

Manger Kellie Maloney is also sticking by her and has promised to correct mistakes made in the build up to McAleer’s first career reverse.

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