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McAleer signs up with Maloney in world title quest


World bid: Cathy McAleer (left) and sponsor Kerry Beckett
World bid: Cathy McAleer (left) and sponsor Kerry Beckett
Kellie Maloney

By Robert Jones

Northern Ireland's only professional female boxer, Cathy McAleer, has joined forces with top UK manager Kellie Maloney in her bid to win a world title.

The Belfast 41-year-old is no stranger to competing in a global arena. Cathy is a former world karate and kick-boxing champion who won three world titles in karate and full contact kickboxing and drew a fourth in K1, before making her debut in boxing in November 2018.

Having secured a two-year sponsorship deal this year with online car insurance brand its4women, Cathy is focused on achieving her goal and is building a strong team around her.

On her new managerial partnership, Cathy said: "I am over the moon to have signed with Kellie Maloney, who is an amazing manager with lots of experience and knowledge.

My coach John Breen and I are looking forward to the journey along with my sponsor its4women.

"Kellie has worked with many boxers including world champion Lennox Lewis. She knows what is required to compete and win on the world stage and under her direction and guidance I believe I can win a world title.

"The last six months have been frustrating. Two fights that were scheduled were both cancelled for different reasons.

"I was due to challenge Scot Kristen Fraser in a bout at the Europa Hotel in September but then she pulled out.

"I decided to move to super bantamweight to secure a Commonwealth title and was scheduled to fight Ellen Simwaka, for the vacant Commonwealth title in October but unfortunately that fell through and we are now in the process of trying to reschedule it."

Cathy's sponsor, Kerry Beckett of its4women, added: "Our ethos is one of empowerment, to help everyone realise their potential.

"Cathy is already a world class athlete who wants to be a boxing world champion. We believe she has got what it takes, and want to help her achieve her goal.

"Coach John Breen is one of the best and Cathy is flourishing with his guidance and direction, while Kellie has a strong track record in management and shares Cathy's passion."

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