Kildare’s Katelynn Phelan pulled off one of the biggest results in Irish boxing this year as she defeated Germany’s heavy favourite Jessica Schadko by TKO, to win the World Boxing Council Youth title, the World Boxing Federation title, and the Women’s International Boxing Association title.
Phelan is Ireland’s youngest professional female boxer and while it may have appeared that the fight was coming too early in her young career, the performance and victory said otherwise.
The Lilywhite produced a sensational performance which saw her grind Schadko to a halt before the sixth round.
Schadko was coming into the fight on an eight fight winning streak while Phelan had just three professional fights before this. The odds were firmly stacked against Phelan who also had to travel to Schadko’s own CPI Gym in Munich to fight for the world titles.
The St. Brigid’s Boxing Club graduate is a nine-time Irish national title-holder and holds two World and European Youth Championships medals.