I’m Christina Mc Mahon (Irelands only Female Professional Boxer 2010 < 2015) from Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. On the 15th of Sept I will fight for the W.B.C. Super Bantamweight World Title in New York!
I followed my younger brothers into the sport of kickboxing just over 20years ago. After a successful career where I won 24 All Ireland Titles, 8 European & World W.A.K.O. Kickboxing medals and multiple World Cup titles throughout my career in the three different kickboxing fighting disciplines, the highlight becoming World Champion in 2007 in Belgrade
I took up amateur boxing in 2006 and quickly won Ulster and All Ireland Titles which lead me to become part of the first Female development squad assembled by the I.A.B.A. During my time with this development team I won two international against the British and Swedish champions of the time, Unfortunately due to A.I.B.A. age rules at the time when my 35th birthday came along in 2009 I could no longer compete which seemed very unfair as I was progressing at a fast pace in the sport. This was made all the more frustrating for me when in September of the same year Jenny Harding, the Swede who I’d beaten earlier that year won gold at the European Championships.
It was around this time that Kickboxing Ireland National Coach Jimmy Upton suggested I should give Pro-Boxing a go and introduced me to Phil Sutcliffe in Crumlin boxing club and thus began the journey to W.B.C. World Title contention. I now train mainly with her husband and coach of over 20years Frick Mc Mahon under the guidance of Belfast Pro-Boxing Coaches Paul and Sean Mc Cullagh.
I made my Professional debut in 2010 and have a record of 7 wins 0 losses 0 draws with 3 wins coming by way of knockout. My ideal boxing weight would be Super Flyweight but the opportunities that have risen have always been at higher weights.
My first title belt (Celtic Warrior Title) came by way of point victory in Dublin in September 2012 over Stephanie Ducastel of France who has since become French and European Featherweight Champion . This win propelled me up the rankings to become No 1 in Europe and into the top ten in the World.
This led to offers of two W.B.C. Title fights which both fell through but eventually the opportunity came for me to fight Catherine Phiri of Zambia for the vacant W.B.C. Interim Bantamweight World Title in May 2015. Phiri had a record of 10 win and 0 losses and was African Boxing Union, and W.B.C. Silver Bantamweight Champion. I went into the fight in Lusaka as a major underdog but came away victorious by majority decision to become W.B.C. Interim World Bantamweight Champion.
After the promise of mandatory fight with W.B.C. Bantamweight Champion Yazmin Rivas never prevailed I offered to take on W.B.C. Super Flyweight Champion Zulina Munoz who has a record of 44 wins 1 loss 2 draws but this to wasn’t secured either and instead I got offered at short notice the W.B.C. Super Bantamweight title fight with Alicia Ashley. Ashley a former 4 time World Champion is highly rated as one of the most skilled and respected female boxers in the world and will present a real tough test.
I get in 10 training sessions every week plus physio, Altitude training and cryotherapy along with working full time teaching fitness classes and personal training. With the upcoming fight I will have to cut back almost completely on all my classes which has a considerable impact as weekly it cost me approximately €250 just for expenses incurred training
Weekly expenses: Travel to Belfast 3 – 4 days per week 220km round trip, Coaching fees in Belfast, Travel for sparing 3 days per week 110km. Physical Therapy, Sports Massage, Cryotherapy, Protein & Nutritional products, Altitude training 3 sessions per week.
I’ve taken this fight at very short notice and have no guarantee of accommodation, food or transportation when we arrive so a backup plan is required so here we are looking for support to see this dream through to the final bell. We also plan on doing a Facebook ad campaign to try and get the New York Irish out for support on the night.
Thanks very much for reading my story and feel free to share with your friend and colleagues.
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 W.B.C. Super Bantamweight World Title.