KICKBOXING: Mary McCauley bows out of kickboxing after winning Celtic title

WESTBANK KICKBOXING Club’s Mary McCauley bowed out of full contact kickboxing on Saturday night on a high after being crowned the new WKA Celtic 67kgs. champion at the Everglades Hotel.

The reigning British and Irish champion announced her retirment following her victory over Regina Fanning of Thurles Kickboxing Club, ending a highly successful kickboxing career.

It was Mary’s fifth major title of her career as she finally calls it a day at the age of 35 years.

Mary’s brother Jonny McCauley was also fighting on the night but he was on the wrong end of a unanimous decision verdict in his N. Ireland 72kgs. title fight against Thomas Harvey, denying the McCauley household a clean sweep of belts on the night.

Westbank’s Michael Coyle also narrowly missed out on a N. Ireland 57kgs title as his bout against Curtis Griffin was declared a draw.

Event organiser and Westbank Kickboxing coach , China Coyle, claimed the night was a huge success.

Westbank's Conor Mooney celebrating his victory over Cathal Devlin on Saturday night's picturd with his mum Irene. DER1215MC105

Westbank's Conor Mooney celebrating his victory over Cathal Devlin on Saturday night's picturd with his mum Irene. DER1215MC105

“From start to finish we had some cracking fights with fighters giving it their all,” he said.

“Congratulations and well done to Mary McCauley in becoming the new WKA Celtic champion and what a way to finish her full contact kickboxing career - on top with five major titles.

“Michael Coyle was unlucky in the decision with his fight as both fighters were well matched and it ended a draw.

“I’m sure there will be a rematch with these two again as both feel that they have unfinished business,” added Coyle.

Congratulations and well done to Mary McCauley in becoming the new WKA Celtic champion and what a way to finish her full contact kickboxing career - on top with five major titles.

China Coyle

“Jonathon McCauley was involved in an all out war with Thomas Harvey,” he continued “With both lads standing toe-to-toe and giving the fans a kickboxing treat. Thomas eventually won unanimously on points.

“All in all it was a great fight night with a brilliant support card. A big thank you to all the clubs who travelled and supported the show. And Stuart Kirk, and all of the WKA officials who did a fantastic job in keeping the show running smoothly and all the people who work in the back round and make the show possible. Win lose or draw, hats off to anyone who steps between the ropes and represents Westbank kickboxing club,” he concluded.

Full results from Maiden City Fight Night II were as follows . . .WKA 67KG Celtic title.

Mary Mc Cauley (Westbank KBC) defeated Reginna Fanning (Thurles KBC) by unanimous decision .

Pictured at Saturday night's Fight Night 2 in the Everglades are Dearbhla O'Carroll, Rachel Ward and Jessica McVeigh. DER1215MC107

Pictured at Saturday night's Fight Night 2 in the Everglades are Dearbhla O'Carroll, Rachel Ward and Jessica McVeigh. DER1215MC107

WKA 72KG Northern Irish title

Johnny McCauley (Westbank KBC) lost to Thomas Harvey (Fight Club N.I.) by unanimous decision

WKA 57kg Northern Irish title

Michael Coyle (Westbank KBC) vs Curtis Griffin (Fighting Fit KBC) ended in a draw.

Micheal Marrow vs Simon Grey in an exhibition fight - no decision; Conor Mooney (Westbank KBC) defeated Cathal Devlin (Golden Dragon) by unanimous decision; Liam Lafferty (CB Martial Arts) lost to Jack (Bulldogs Gym, Lurgan) by unanimous decision; Jay Murphy (Westbank) lost to Simon Peoples (Letterkenny K1/ KBC) by unanimous decision; Tommy Mc Cleary (Westbank) v Chris Mc Anee (Westbank) - no decision .

Daragh Devlin (CB Martial Arts) defeated Cory Franco (Bulldogs Gym, Lurgan) by TKO; Dean Palmer defeated Cory Graham by TKO and finally Aaron Coyle (Black Dragons, Donegal) defeated Aaron Haslett (Thurless KBC) on a split decision.