Reigning Irish National Elite bantamweight Champion Sara Haghighat-Joo has turned over but isn’t done with the vest just yet.
The Canidian-born St Brigids fighter, who made history for Sierra Leone last when winning the African Elite Boxing Championships in Maputo last month, recently confirmed a pro move.
Haghighat-Joo has teamed up with United Promotions and will debut as soon as November 12, the former Irish Olympic hopeful will trade pro leather at the CAA Centre in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
The move doesn’t mean the two-time Irish champ is giving up on her Olympic dream. She still holds Paris 2024 ambitions and will operator as a dual star.
Speaking online she saidL “I am officially making my pro debut Nov 12 at the CAA Centre with Unified Promotions and it will also be streamed live on DAZN! That’s right! I am now both an elite amateur and professional boxer and will continue on with BOTH.”
Haghighat-Joo, who switched to Sierra Leone in 2020, won gold in the most recent installment of the African Championships, emerging top of the bantamweight field. Her final win over Algerian Fatma Zohra Abdelkader ensured she became the Western African country’s first gold medal winner at that level.
The 28-year-old relocated to Ireland in recent years after marrying a Galway man and, was boxing out of the St Brigid’s club in Edenderry. She is the reigning National Elite Champion and had hoped to force herself into the 2020 Olympic frame for Team Ireland but is now representing Sierra Leone, who employed Liam Brereton of Offally as their boxing coach.
The bantamweight will fight on the pro circuit in Canada.