KILDARE PRO ready to KO Ireland's youngest professional female fighter Phelan bids for glory in Germany
Ireland’s youngest professional female boxer, 20-year-old Katelynn Phelan from Kildare, bids for her first title on Saturday when she challenges unbeaten German-Ukrainian fighter Jessica Schadko in the Munich suburb of Donauworth.
Phelan has three wins so far in her pro career while 19-year old Schadko, who turned professional last year, has chalked up eight victories.
There are three belts on the line the World Boxing Council youth welterweight title, the World Boxing Federation title, and the women’s International Boxing Association World title.
The fight was originally scheduled for last month but was postponed as Schadko was ill. This is Phelan’s first fight over ten rounds – her previous contests were of four rounds duration. Coached by Niall Barrett and her father Paddy the former St Brigid’s BC star won nine Irish titles, a European junior bronze, and a World youth bronze during her amateur career.
“I’ve been training for the last few months for this fight, preparing, working hard, day-in, day-out with my coach Niall and my Dad. Training has been tough but it’s been great. I’ve been enjoying every single day.
“I know that Jess is going to be in top from as well. She’s going to try her hardest, but we’re going to come out on top. This is a big challenge, and we are fighting in her back garden but I’ve fought all over the world in numerous rings. I’m up for a challenge, who doesn’t love a challenge?
"I started boxing when I was five or six years old and everybody used to tell me 'you're going to go to the Olympics'. Of course, I'm stubborn, and as soon as I started to think for myself, I decided that my style suits more to the professional style of boxing.
“This is the start; I have massive goals ahead and I know I'm well capable of achieving every single one of them that I put my mind to. This is a big, big goal but it still is only a stepping stone to what I am capable of,”
Niall Barrett, her coach, was one of the winners of RTE’s ‘Ultimate Hell Week’ series earlier this year.
"We're literally fighting in their home gym so everything's against us, all the odds are against us, no-one's giving us a chance - but from what I see from Katelynn day-in, day-out in the gym, I know that she's going to win this fight and we're going there full of confidence,” said Barrett.
Phelan's fight on Saturday night will be streamed live at http://live.bgb-movie.de/