A brother and sister from Co Kildare are set to make professional boxing history later this month as they both prepare to fight professionally in the National Stadium on Saturday March 30, 2019.
Katelynn Phelan (18) is being trained by her father, Paddy, at St Brigid’s Boxing Club, and is getting set for her pro- debut on March 30, at the National Stadium for the domestic title tripleheader, Clash of the Titans, a collaboration between competitors Assassin and Boxing Ireland while her elder brother Allan (25) will also battle for a title on the same night.
It’s understood that Katelynn's fight, which will consist of two-minute rounds as is the case across the board in women’s pro boxing, will likely be shown as part of the televised portion of the card and Katelynn will campaign in the light-welterweight (140-pound) division once she settles into professional boxing.
Meanwhile, Allan Phelan will square off against Aidan Metcalfe for the BUI Celtic featherweight title, the winner of which will be in line to face Kildare native Eric Donovan or Stephen McAffee for national honours later this year.
Allan is the current featherweight pro and he turned professional at the age of 18, winning numerous competitions including six in American where he spent three years.
Speaking to KildareNow this week ahead of the siblings’ bouts in the National Stadium, their proud father Paddy said: “Katelynn and Allan will both fight on the same night on Saturday March 30 in the National Stadium, it’s her first professional debut and he is going for the BUI Celtic featherweight title. It’s history in the making as they’ll be the first brother and sister boxing professionally in the country, and Katelynn’s bout is first and then Allan is after her on the night of March 30.”
Coming from a family of boxers, Allan started boxing from the age of six and Katelynn started boxing 14 years ago while their eldest brother Darren (29) is also an accomplished boxer and their elder sister Lisa- Marie (31) is a qualified dietician who advises Katelyn on what to eat.
Last year Katelynn won the bronze medal in India and she also won the bronze medal in the Europeans in 2016 along with several in the Europeans in 2016, along with winning several Golden Girl Championships in Sweden.
Katelynn is the youngest ever professional female boxer and it’s been a good year so far for women’s boxing as Bray native Katie Taylor scooped up the WBO world title in Philadelphia on Friday last, March 15.
Tickets for the Clash of the Titans event are available through the boxers involved as well as Ticketmaster and the programme will air on TG4 from 8.30pm on Saturday, March 30.
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