It was a case of plenty of guts and no glory for Christina McMahon in America last night.
The Monaghan puncher was outpointed by Alica Ashley in the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.
‘Lightning’, who claimed the WBC Interim bantamweight World title in May of this year, was challenging for the WBC super bantamweight strap, but eventually lost as the fight went to the score cards.
Ashley lived up to her ring moniker and was just ‘too slick’ for a fighter who has competed at super flyweight.
McMahon pressed for 10 rounds and continued to bring the fight to the Jamaican, but Ashley used her size and skill set to bank rounds, sending McMahon to the canvas in the eight, en route to a wide points the win. The final scorecards read 100-89 x2 and 98-91 in favour of Ashley
The Jamaican didn’t just claim the WBC super bantamweight title on Thursday night she also secured a place in the Guinness Book of Records. At 48 the five time World champion is now the oldest ever female World champ.
At 41 McMahon will certainly take inspiration from a fighter seven years her senior and there is already of rumours of another World title tilt for Ireland’s leading pro lady at her natural weight.