World title in Karate? Check. World title in Kickboxing? Check. World title in pro boxing? Debut made, job done and on the road. Belfastwoman Cathy McAleer spoke to me about her career so far, and her hopes for women’s pro-boxing in Ireland.
If you missed it, there were three women’s pro-boxing fights this month which is very unusual and a sign that things are changing quite rapidly in the ring. The fighters are far from huge paypacks to say the least, but promoters are putting on the fights and taking those risks. So we had Lynn Harvey, Siobhan O’ Leary and Cathy in action between Belfast and Dublin.
Cathy has competed in martial arts for decades, but she’s not done yet. This is something you see more often in women’s boxing then mens, as we come later to the discover that this sport can be for us. That also means she’s dragging full-time work at her MACFIT gyms, and karate teaching behind her as she takes up boxing training.
All images © cathy mcaleer