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Boxing clever: Cathy McAleer is remaining upbeat

Boxing clever: Cathy McAleer is remaining upbeat

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Boxing clever: Cathy McAleer is remaining upbeat

Cathy McAleer's comeback fight at the Sheffield Indoor Arena has been put on hold due to lockdown restrictions on sporting events in England.

The Belfast bantamweight was due to take on Serbian Jasmin Nad at the UK's first drive-in boxing event on November 20.

But the fight night, headlined by a men's British flyweight title clash, has been put back to December 19.

It's the latest setback for 42-year-old McAleer, who has had several fights cancelled for a variety of reasons since her last outing in February in Birmingham, when she chalked up her fourth professional win out of four.

However, McAleer, who is managed by Kellie Maloney, is far from downbeat about the situation and remains positive, although she was initially given a scare when the news filtered through.

"I got the message from Kellie and my heart dropped, but then when I was told the fight was only postponed I couldn't complain," said McAleer.

"It's a small setback compared to what I have already been through, and I will be returning to England this weekend to work with my coach John Edwards.

"Then I will come home on Tuesday and then travel back to Guildford on November 25 and stay there until fight night.

"I look upon the postponement as a positive, and it gives me extra time to prepare, learn and work with my new coach."

If McAleer can overcome Nad and make it five wins out of five, she'll be hoping it takes her closer to her dream of a world title shot.

Belfast Telegraph


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