The Bullet from Belmullet – Irish amateur champ turns over in Dubai
Ireland's Rachel Lally will make her professional boxing debut this Friday, December 1, in the Space Events and Sports Complex, Dubai.
The 29-year-old joins the likes of Katie Taylor, Kristina O’Hara McCafferty, Kate Radomska, Cheanne O’Neill, Sinead Babington and Shauna O’Keefe as active Irish women pro boxers when she punches for pay for the first time against Anjali Rothesh, an Indian with seven pro fights to her name.
The school teacher, who was a coach as well as a champion for Golden Gloves, moved to Dubai recently and began to box out of the Spartan Boxing Club, appearing in a number of exhibition bouts this year.
Those appearances have opened the door to pro boxing and she takes the plunge this Friday.
As an amateur in Ireland, Lally won two Irish titles, her last being a middleweight crown at under-18 level in 2012.
Speaking on social media the southpaw said: “Looking forward to the new challenge ahead. It has been an incredible journey so far and I’m hungry for more.”
Also appearing on the Christmas card is unbeaten heavyweight Tommy Welch (12-0, 7KO), 28 from Brighton, England; Turkish super-lightweight Kerem Ozmen (2-0); plus 34-year-old Nigerian cruiserweight Austine Nnamdi (6-4, 6KO).
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