Deirdre Gogarty

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Deirdre Gogarty
Nickname(s) Dangerous
Rated at Featherweight
Height 5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm)
Nationality Irish
Born (1969-11-10) November 10, 1969 (age 47)
Drogheda, Ireland
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 23
Wins 16
Wins by KO 14
Losses 5
Draws 2

Deirdre Gogarty (born November 10, 1969) is a retired Irish female boxer and current coach of the Ragin' Cajun Boxing Club who hails from Drogheda, Ireland.[1] Due to legal issues regarding Women's Boxing in Ireland at the time, Gogarty could not engage in competition there.[2] She currently fights out of Lafayette, Louisiana and is managed and trained by Beau Williford. However, before the law was passed in Ireland, preventing women from engaging in boxing events, Gogarty was able to begin her career there with a six round decision win against Anne-Marie Griffin. The law preventing females from participating in the sport of boxing in Ireland has since been revoked and there is an increasing number of females becoming involved with the sport thanks to its Olympic acceptance and the consistent international success of Katie Taylor.[3][4][5][6][7]

After leaving Ireland, Gogarty's next three fights took her to London and Kansas City, Missouri. In London, she defeated Jane Johnson twice, by a four round knockout and by and eight round decision. In Kansas City, she drew after six rounds with Stacy Prestage After the rematch with Johnson, she obtained her first knockout in the first round, beating Jane McGhee. Another win followed this and she was matched with Prestage again, resulting in another draw after six rounds.

Following the emerging pattern, another win followed this tie and she was matched against Prestage for a rubber match. However, this time Gogarty suffered her first loss when Prestage won a ten round decision over her. Two more wins followed this defeat, including a six round knockout of the top contender Carol Brown and a first round knockout win over Missy Buchanan. In spite of this winning streak, Gogarty next lost a six round decision when she faced Mary Ann Almager.

Gogarty followed this defeat with a win, after which she was matched with Isra Girgrah, who Gogarty knocked out in three rounds. This is considered her biggest win to date. She ten boxed another of Female Boxing's top competitors when she faced Laura Serrano, who beat Gogarty by a knockout in round seven. A knockout win in the first round followed this defeat, when she fought Jessica Breitfelder. Gogarty then participated in the fight many credit as putting Female Boxing on the sports' fan page: she and Christy Martin faced each other in a six round match that was televised by Showtime.[8] This fight made the covers of many magazines.[9] Many fans of Women's Boxing considered it the female version of the Thrilla in Manila.[10] Martin won by a six round decision.[11]

Gogarty succeeded in winning another three fights consecutively before she challenged Bonnie Canino for the Women's International Boxing Federation's Women's World Featherweight Champtionship.[12] Gogarty became a World Champion after winning the fight on a ten round decision.[13] She defended her title against Monique Strohman and Debra Strohman. Both were defeated in first round knockouts. In her last fight to date, Gogarty lost her title to Beverly Szymanski on a ten round decision.

Gogarty co-wrote her memoir, My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl Who Yearns to Box, with Darrelyn Saloom. The book was published by Glasnevin Publishing on August 8, 2012.[14] The next day, Katie Taylor won a gold medal for Ireland in the 2012 Summer Olympics, which included women's boxing for the first time.

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  1. ^ "Women's Boxing: Deirdre Gogarty Biography". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Haldane, Lizzie. "Deirdre Gogarty". Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Gogarty the trailblazer for Katie's gold rush". 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Documentary on the Irish woman who changed the face of boxing airs tonight". Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Olympics - On Demand Player". Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Ex World Champ Deirdre to wed - in the ring!". 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Woman Dedicated To Rings - tribunedigital-sunsentinel". 1996-09-18. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Deirdre Gogarty: No titillating sideshow". 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  10. ^ Sares, Ted. ""Dangerous" Deirdre Gogarty –". Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  11. ^ "Woman Dedicated To Rings - tribunedigital-sunsentinel". 1996-09-18. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  12. ^ "Irish Woman Wins On Tko - tribunedigital-sunsentinel". 1996-09-19. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  13. ^ "Gogarty wins featherweight title". Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  14. ^ "Deirdre Gogarty to enter International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame". Advertiser. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 

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