“In every boxing academy you must feel fortunate when you have a gifted fighter but to have two great fighters at the same time is unbelievable “says Head Coach Jim O’Neill.
The fighters in question where Shauna O’Callaghan from Crossmaglen and Evelyn Igharo from Muirhevnamor both resident fighters of Clann Naofa Boxing Academy. Evelyn Igharo is a four time Irish Champion and All Ireland Schoolgirl Champion.
She is on the brink of International Stardom having recently been awarded the Best Prospect in Ireland by the Irish Governing Body of Boxing in a recent event held in Dublin by the I.A.B.A. Evelyn who is only 14 years old has won four Irish Championships and is on the verge of breaking into The Irish Team.
Evelyn has victory in 23 bouts both at National and International level which is a huge achievement for one so young. “Her speed of hand, her superior foot work and her brilliant boxing mind sets her apart from the rest of the competition” says Jim O’Neill Clann Noafa’s head coach.
Shauna is a European Silver Medal Winner. She is a 6 time Irish Champion and has gained an International Reputation since her stunning victory over Chloe Watts the English Champion and European Silver Medallist, who had to retire after the first round encounter with Shauna in the Ireland vs. England Girls International which was held in 2015. She entered the Open Cadet Championships as the youngest fighter at 15,
where she went all the way to the final to fight Shannon Reilly. Shannon is the stable mate of Katie Taylor and looked the favourite to win but with a unanimous decision (3-0) to Shauna went to the World Championships which was held in Taipei, China as the youngest fighter in the Ireland team.
Her next bout was in preparation for the World Championships where she fought her first international fight and stopped her opponent in the first round. Entering the World Championships Shauna got to the Quarter Finals where she met a seasoned fighter with 75 wins and two losses in International fights and unfortunately lost to a split decision. However Shauna persevered and she won her Silver Medal Win in Hungary at the European Championships.
To reach the European Championships Shauna was in the All Ireland Senior Cadets Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin. Showing her fighting ability was still the best in Ireland in the Girl 5 60kg she reached the semi-final by beating Nadine Demoly in the Semi-Final bout by unanimous decision. In the final bout of the Girl 5 Shauna fought Aoifa Gintey from Geesala Co.Mayo in a three round match in which Shauna dominated from bell to bell.
Never looking too troubled, Shauna stayed focused not giving an inch too her opponent who could do nothing but back away. Shauna has now booked her place in Turkey for the European Championships. Nevermind Crossmaglen’s fighting men here is Crossmaglen’s fighting woman Shauna has the Spirit, Ability, Determination and Heart of Crossmaglen. To say the least Shauna O’Callaghan is a proven and tested Champion and will be ready for the European Championships to get her second European Medal.
As much as Shauna has gotten her success through training and hard work she also has received tremendous support as well from her hometown of Muirhevnamor, Dundalk and the surrounding areas. Shauna and Clann Naofa would like to thank everyone for their support and continued support as Shauna goes to Turkey to the European Championships on 18 September.