“You have to be ruthless and spiteful” – Siobhán O’Leary happy to deliver devastating debut KO


It’s rare you see a prizefight between two females end with a single punch but that’s exactly what happened at Celtic Clash 7.

Debuting Siobhán O’Leary sent Klaudia Csaszar down in the opening round and the Hungarian could not beat a 10-count from referee David Irving.

A straight right hand from the Killarney super feather went through Csaszar, knocking her head back like a Pez dispenser and causing the Magyar to fall forward to her knees from where she would not recover.

Csaszar wasn’t the only one who had their head turned by O’Leary’s power and the cleanness of the knockout has gotten people talking.

There will need to be a few more examples before the Eddie Hyland-trained pro is labelled a KO artist but the signs are good.

O’Leary explained to Irish-Boxing.com afterwards how “people say I hit hard, I don’t know. I’m not Tyson Fury, I’ve never punched myself in the face!”

“Look, Eddie says I hit hard, Carl [McDonald, sparring partner] says I hit hard, it’s good.”

“It’s not that I wasn’t expecting it but I wasn’t going to go looking for it. At the weigh-in and the staredown I felt that she was game and I did expect her to put up more of a fight but the second I landed one backhand she just did not want to know.”

“I hurt her, I really feckin’ hurt her. You have to be ruthless, that’s what this game is about, you have to be ruthless and spiteful and you have to take them out. When they’re there to be taken out, take it.”

The 35-year-old, however, was under no illusions and notes how there are a lot of improvements to be made ahead of fight number two.

O’Leary admitted that “to be honest, I think it was a bit sloppy, my shots were a little bit sloppy. I was excited, really, really excited, really, really excited. The crowd were great, the build-up was great, and that took over a little bit.”

“I think my shots could have been crisper, could have been cleaner, my guard could have been higher, just a few bits.”

“Look it, the debut is always going to be one that you’re not 100% crisp on.”

“I’m delighted to get it – but I’m more happy now that Carl won his fight! I’m delighted for Carl.”

O’Leary will be back in the gym soon and the plan is for the Kingdom puncher to return to the ring early in the new year.

The Boxing Ireland fighter is promising more next time round and is ready to test her limits.

O’Leary outlined how “my backhand is good – but my left hook is better, and we didn’t get to see that tonight!”

“It’s working with Eddie, you’re going to see those shots. I need to be much more relaxed, way more relaxed, and Eddie’s working with me on that. I just need to leave it flow.”

“I’m 1-0, the journey has started, let’s see where we go. It’s up to Stephen [Sharpe, manager] and Eddie on where the next part is.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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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