Congratulations to Kildare’s own Katelynn Phelan, who tonight captured three boxing world crowns when her German opponent, Jessica Schadko, failed to leave her stool for Round 6 giving the St Brigid’s BC welterweight titles at WBC Youth, WIBF and WBF.
World Champion, Kildare’s Katelynn Phelan, with Coach, Niall Barrett, showing off her three world belts
Phelan, who travelled to Donauwouerth in Bavaria to take on the local hero in her own gym, promised that she would beat her opponent in Round 6 and although the verdict was confirmed in that Round it was in the previous Rounds that all the damage was done.
In fact Round 5 ended with the 20 year old Kildare fighter throwing a flurry of punches which had Schadko pinned on the ropes and in the neutral corner.
Phelan was on top from the bell and scored with good punches that left her more illustrious opponent looking quite stunned.
In the Rounds that followed Katelynn responded to any Schadko punches with even more venomous ones of her own with combinations to the body and jabs to the face as the game plan of her Coaches, her Dad, Paddy, and Niall Barrett.
She was coolness and calmness personified as she inflicted five rounds of punishment on Schadko in a fight that was due to take place last month but was postponed due to illness to the German. She obviously used the intervening weeks to hone her fitness and her skills.
Make no mistake, tonight’s result was a huge upset for the German, who had no answer to Phelan’s power and persistence, but it will also send shockwaves around the world of boxing which will now sit up and take notice of Ireland’s youngest pro-boxer.
Tonight’s TKO gives the young Kildare welterweight a 4-0 pro fight record and after this performance the world surely is her oyster.
Congratulations to Kildare and Ireland’s World Champion – Katelynn Phelan
Katelynn is grateful to a number of Kildare businesses have helped support Phelan throughout this training camp. These are Slí Beatha Float House Naas, D Armor, ISAS Information Security Assurance Services, Infinity Recovery Room Maynooth, Irish Biltong, Coyne Research, Hairbelle Kildare, Unit 3 Health and Fitness Naas, and Philly Kinsella of Strong Body Strong Mind.
Full Report and Reaction in Tuesday’s Kildare Nationalist