Taking it to the Max: McCarthy ready to make history

August 7 Jonny Stapleton

Maxine McCarthy claims an enforced drop in weight will not result in a drop in performances levels come October 22.

The Liverpool based fighter makes history when she takes on Christina McMahon in the first ever female Irish title and is confident of victory despite having to drop a stone of muscle before the clash.

In fact Mad Max, who highlighted the Irish title fight as a dream come true,  claims she acquires more speed as she looses weight and believes brain power  is more of an asset than physical strength.

McCarthy is upbeat and excited ahead of the all ladies fight that is turning heads and takes place on BDR Promotions and Cork woman Maria Ni Shuilleabhain promotional debut.

“I’m physically strong but more so mentally. As far as weight goes its not an issue. I feel much faster and stronger at feather. An Irish title has always been my goal when starting in boxing. All my family are from Belfast. I’m the only one who was born in Liverpool. I am Irish and proud. Winning the Irish title would be a massive honour,” McCarthy told www.irish-boxing.com.

With five fights the unbeaten 32 year old is a more experienced boxer than upcoming foe McMahon, but the 37 year old Carrickmacross pro has fight previous in the form of a title littered kick boxing career.

McMahon has competed on the world kick boxing stage and was Irish champion on numerous occasions, but despite predicting a tough contest in Dundalk in the Autumn claims McMahon’s kick boxing past won’t have an effect on the future bout.

“Cristina has fire and spirit like myself.  Past titles don’t bother me. Kickboxing isn’t boxing. It will be a hard fight, but one il be more than ready for. I will fight with every last breath I have win or loose ,“ McCarthy added before commenting on women pugilism.

“Women’s boxing is becoming more popular but its hard for a female in the pro ranks. In a few years I hope it becomes more popular, but it will never be on par with men’s.”


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