Its4Women is backing Northern Ireland’s only professional female boxer as she begins a journey towards a world boxing title.
Cathy McAleer will step into the ring at Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham on Saturday 22nd February 2020 for a bout the details of which were announced yesterday at a press conference in The Merchant Hotel, Belfast.
McAleer is being managed by Kellie Maloney, who shot to fame as Frank Maloney managing World Champion Lennox Lewis before gender reassignment surgery put her on a different life path.
McAleer is a former world karate and kickboxing 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.
She has now signed a two-year sponsorship deal with online car insurance brand its4women who previously used Katie Taylor in advertising campaigns.
“I am Northern Ireland’s only female boxer and my dream is to add a world boxing title to my other sporting accomplishments,” said McAleer.
“I’m really looking forward to the bout next month. I’ve been on a rigorous training regime over the winter and I feel that physically and mentally I’m in a strong position. It’s a great venue and I can’t wait to get in the ring and put my skills to the test. I hope that the spectators will really enjoy the match.”
“Last year, there were a few disappointments with fights being cancelled by opponents. However, my focus hasn’t changed. I’ve my sights set on winning a world boxing title.”
“I have a fantastic team around me to help me do just that. With its4women and Kellie Maloney on board, it’s set to be an epic journey.”
“Cathy McAleer is already a world-class athlete who wants to be a boxing world champion. We believe she has got what it takes, and as a world-class insurance provider we want to help her achieve her goal,” added Kerry Beckett from Its4Women.ie, operated by MCL Insurance.
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