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Spanish Inquisition – O’Hara McCafferty picks tough TNT debut opponent

Kristina O’Hara McCafferty [3-0]wants to start her Queensberry career with a bang.

The Belfast minimumweight is set to fight under the new promotional banner for the first time at the York Hall on November 24 – and is set for an interesting beginning.

The Commonwealth Games medal winner has been handed the chance to make a statement start live on TNT.

The St John Bosco graduate will face Cristina Navarro [3(1)-1] next month.

Navarro comes to the fight with as many wins as O’Hara McCafferty, won the Spanish National Championships last year and certainly represents a step up for the Queensberry fighter.

The Spaniard also broke a duck egg in her last outing, dropping Italian Vittoria Parigi Bini on her way to a points win.

It’s understood the 27-year-old Belfast fighter called for a test and, eager to impress, hand-picked a tough opponent.

The entertaining fighter has looked good every time she stepped through the ropes to date, producing the kind of performances that have many predicting big things.

Indeed, considering the Commonwealth Games silver medal winner’s talent and the smaller pool at the lower weights, there were some who’ve suggested she is best placed to become Ireland’s first three-weight world champion. While those selling such a line admit it’s no easy feat they note opportunities should be easier to come by.

Previously revealing the battle plan set out by her new promoter, the Gerard McCafferty trained fighter said: “at the minute we are just looking to get the news out and hopefully soon to follow will be some fight news. I know he is going to try and keep me as active as possible and we are going to move towards titles as quickly as we can.

“Especially with my weight, which is 47.7kg, there is a good bit of opposition out there. That being said, we want to get a couple of fights in first and then start going for titles.

“There is no time to waste, I want to get there and I want to get to work as soon as possible.”


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