Christina McMahon has suffered another crushing blow in her pursuit to win a world title, putting the cap on what has been a very tough year.
McMahon's WBC world title fight in March of this year against Zulina Munoz ended in a controversial defeat after a bout in which McMahon's cutman was forced to clean her opponent's gloves after discovering that they were covered in Deep Heat and there were no spares available. The farcical circumstances surrounding the fight, which McMahon described to our own Gavan Casey, included McMahon and her team being told by the WBC that "we don't do doping tests here". What made all of this even more ridiculous was the fact that after McMahon dared to speak out about the hodgepodge of calamities, the WBC suspended her via Facebook chat.
So one could understand McMahon eagerly anticipating her WBA super flyweight title fight at the National Stadium on December 3rd against Peruvian Linda Laura Lecca.
Christina McMahon world title hopes setback
But McMahon has been hit with another setback. As Joe O'Neill of irish-boxing.com reports this morning, her fight has been cancelled "for, as of yet, unspecified reasons". This means that the entire FS Promotions show due to take place on the night - which was supposed to showcase several other talented fighters - has been scrapped.
Admirably McMahon told irish-boxing.com that she will maintain her pursuit of a world title:
This is not the end of the journey, just a frustrating situation that will look small in the years to come.
At 42, McMahon knows she might not have many more cracks at a world title - but she will feel that she is surely due some luck when she continues chasing her dream in 2017.