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Other Sports - 24. February 2016.

Christina McMahon turns to Irish public for support for next month’s World Title fight in Mexico

IRELAND’S only professional female boxer Christina McMahon has landed a WBC Super Flyweight World Title Fight and is anxiously asking the Irish public to help fund her training and travel.

After becoming the Interim WBC World Bantamweight Champion last year, McMahon now has the chance to compete at her preferred weight against World Super Flyweight Champion Zulina Munoz in Mexico on March 12.

However, she cannot compete on that stage without support and she has launched a crowdfunding campaign on PledgeSports.org in the hope that Ireland will get behind her for this historic event next month.

The Monaghan boxer said: “I’ve now finally got the opportunity to fight for a World Title at my preferred weight (115 lb, 52.2 kg) and will face a tough challenge in the number 1 ranked female Super Flyweight in the World, Zulina Munoz, who has successfully defended the title seven times since she won it in 2012. Munoz has a record of 45 wins 1 loss and 2 draws, with 27 of her wins coming by way of knockout.”

Speaking about her tumultuous journey to this point, McMahon is frustrated at not getting her fight with WBC Bantamweight Champion Yazmin Rivas, and at the treatment she got in New York when taking a fight with WBC Super Bantamweight title-holder Alicia Ashley.

“My trip to New York turned out to be a traumatic experience at the hands of the New York State Athletic Commission,” she said. “Their actions included insistence on me having a PET scan on the day before the fight (a PET Scan involves having “Radioactive Glucose” applied to my bloodstream for 30 minutes, before being put through a scanner), as well as physical, neurological, blood tests  - and I wasn’t sure they would actually allow me to fight at all until the weigh-in the day before the fight.

“All I wanted was a fair fight but my treatment at the insistence of the N.Y.S.A.C. took my preparation away.”

She added: “I’ve taken this fight at very short notice and want to give it my best shot. I have no regrets, so here we are looking for support to see this dream through to the final bell.

“Money was never my motivation, I just want to see how far I can go, and with your support I can make it to the very top and win the WBC Super Flyweight World Title in Mexico.”

In return for support, McMahon is offering a signed photo from her World Title fight, a personal training session at Peak Fitness in Carrickmacross, and even a boxing training session with her.

To support Christina McMahon’s World Title bid, visit: https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/help-christina-mc-mahon-win-w-b-c-world-title/

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