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Speed Bump – Cathy McAleer suffers surprise defeat on ‘Drive Through’ show

Cathy McAleer hit a Gabriella Mezei sized pot hole on the first ever boxing drive in card in Sheffield tonight.

The 42-year-old was surprised by the journey woman, who produced a performance that belied her record.

A bloodied McAleer was brave to the last and did try and force the action, but she was ultimately out pointed by the experienced Hungarian.

The away fighter coming out on top by a referee’s scorecard of 39-37 in a real car park straightener.

In fairness to the Belfast fighter, Mezei is a much better fighter than her record suggests and has upset previous.

The 26-year-old can turn it on when she wants and tonight was one of her good nights.

McAleer turned down the chance to fight Matchroom name Shannon Courtaney live on Sky Sports last week, but had a chance to impress in front of the car spotlights live on Eurosport tonight.

The relative boxing novice showed her guts, grit and determination, but didn’t shine enough to claim the win.

Mezei, naturally the bigger woman started well and looked to get the better of the first round, showing a skill set the belies her record. She landed big on the Kellie Maloney managed fighter to make sure she banked the stanza.

The Belfast fighter certainly isn’t one to sulk and found some rhythm in a more even second stanza.

The all action operator tried to press in the third, but the Romanian based Hungarian showed good counter attacking ability and had pockets of success.

McAleer’s fighting courage came to the fore in the last, she ignored the bumps, bruises and even blood, pressing for the two minutes in an entertaining final stanza.

However, her opponent had done enough to take the fight and had her hand raised.

The defeat see’s McAleer slip to 5(2)-1, while Mezei, who fights Lucy Wildheart in Germany next week improves 12(3)-24(7)-5.

Cheyenne Hanson


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 sports for a living for over 20 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