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Saturday 3 December 2016

McMahon's world shot

Christina lands December world title fight for Dublin

Christina McMahon will take on Lina Laura Lecca for the WBA world super flyweight title at the National Stadium on December 3
Christina McMahon will take on Lina Laura Lecca for the WBA world super flyweight title at the National Stadium on December 3

"To be able too stage a world title fight on what is just our second show is a massive feat," says Frank Stacey. "We haven't had a world title fight here since Bernard Dunne's fights in 2009."

The Dublin promoter is speaking about the WBA world super flyweight title fight FS Promotions are staging in the National Stadium on December 3 when Ireland's Christina McMahon (7-2, 3KOs) challenges Lina Laura Lecca (12-2-2, 3KOs) for the belt.

Stacey's company made its debut in style when, in association with Ricky Hatton, it staged an impressive twelve fight card at the National Stadium in June.

It's not easy trying to promote professional shows in Dublin but two promoters are currently punching above their weight. That Red Corner Promotions, who are staging Inception on November 5, and Stacey's FS Promotions which insiders say is currently negotiating to have their December show televised.

"It's pretty tough," says Frank of the effort required to put an attractive show together. "It involves a lot of work."

Originally, Stacey had planned to stage an event in September. He had targeted a WBC title fight for Christina McMahon, who'd lost a WBC super flyweight world title fight on points against Zulina Munoz in Mexico in March.

"We were working on a WBC world title fight for September," he confirms. "But that didn't happen. When it fell through, we approached the WBA and are thrilled with the result."

Impressed by McMahon's strength, skill and commitment, Stacey allows himself to project past a big night for Irish boxing. "Who knows," he muses. "Maybe somewhere in the future we'll be able to stage a unification fight."

While the full details of the McMahon undercard have yet to be announced, it's understood that some of the fighters, including Paul Hyland Jr, Tyrone McCullagh and Jay Byrne, who had convincing wins on the June show will be in action.

"After travelling for the last three world titles to Zambia, New York and Mexico, I'm looking forward to boxing for such a prestigious world title in my home country," says McMahon.

"This will be the first time sharing the experience with the Irish," adds the woman who won her world kick-boxing title in Belgrade.

"I hope the home crowd turn out and roar," she says.

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