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McAleer up for Villa Park return



Cathy McAleer

Cathy McAleer

Cathy McAleer

Belfast's only professional female boxer, Cathy McAleer, will have her second fight under her new manager, Kellie Maloney, on Friday, April 10 at Villa Park in Birmingham.

Aston Villa's ground is the same venue where McAleer made her successful debut under her new management team, defeating Bulgaria's Teodora Hristova last month.

Maloney has added to McAleer's training programme ahead of this fight, due to both her lack of amateur experience and a lack of sparring partners at her weight in Belfast.

Maloney has arranged for McAleer to spend two weeks at John Pegg's gym in Birmingham to gain experience with a variety of sparring partners.

The two weeks training and sparring will be supervised by Pegg, who worked alongside John Breen in McAleer's corner at her last fight.

Breen believes that sparring with both male and female fighters at bantamweight will boost McAleer's development and preparation for the Villa Park fight against an as yet unnamed opponent.

Belfast Telegraph