An emotional Natalie McCarron bowed out of kickboxing on Saturday night as a four time world professional champion.
The PT’s Carrigans fighter was crowned ISKA world professional featherweight champion after a gruelling 10 round points victory over Spanish opponent, Estele Garcia.
And Natalie, who announced before the fight that she will follow her coach and mentor, Paddy Toland into retirement, was delighted to go out on such a high.
“When I came into the sport I didn’t think I would win so much,” she said.
“This is my last fight,” she confirmed. “I’ve got four world title belts so I can go out on a high. I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.
“I took a big blow before I won my first world title in England when I lost in Derry and I lost all confidence in myself. And if it wasn’t for Paddy (Toland) I wouldn’t be sitting here with four world titles.
“He’s a star and you couldn’t ask for a better coach.”
The Co. Donegal fighter dominated the early rounds and was firmly in the driving seat until suffering a painful blow in the seventh round when a roundhouse kick connected with the elbow of her opponent.
It could have been a major setback but she dug deep and cleverly saw out the remaining three rounds.
Mixed Emotions for Aidan
Fellow Pt’s kickboxer, Aidan ‘Lights Out’ Lafferty also called time on his kickboxing career after Saturday night’s show.
The Creggan man suffered a KO defeat in his ISKA world light middleweight title fight against Spaniard, Julio Sanchez.
It was cruel ending to what has been a terrific career in the sport but the night did end in smiles for the Derry fighter.
After picking himself up from the canvas, Lafferty took centre stage in the ring and proposed to his fiancé Patrycja Homska, much to her delight.
“The last 12 years have been great,” he said. “I just wish it could have ended better.”