Deirdre Gogarty

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Deirdre Gogarty
Nickname(s) Dangerous
Weight(s) 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 The law preventing females from participating in the sport of boxing in Ireland has since been revoked and there is an increasing number of females becoming involved with the sport thanks to its Olympic acceptance and the consistent international success of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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
23 fights 16 wins 5 losses
By knockout 13 1
By decision 3 4
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
23 Loss United States Beverly Szymanski UD Oct 1, 1998 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA}} vacant International Women's Boxing Federation World featherweight title
22 Yes United States Monique Stroman TKO Apr 19, 1998 United States Memorial Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA}}
21 Yes United States Bonnie Canino UD Jan 11, 1997 United States UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA}} Women's International Boxing Federation World featherweight title
20 Yes United States Debra Stroman TKO Jan 11, 1997 United States Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, USA}}
19 Yes United States Patricia Simms KO Nov 29, 1997 United States Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA}}
18 Yes United States Sharon Yates TKO Nov 29, 1997 United States UAW Hall, Parma, Ohio, USA}}
17 Yes United States Sharon Yates KO Oct 27, 1996 United States Cleveland, Ohio, USA}}
16 Yes United States Shannise Davis TKO Sep 18, 1996 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA}}
15 Yes United States Jessica Breitfelder KO Jul 13, 1996 United States Mammoth Events Center, Denver, Colorado, USA}}
14 Loss United States Christy Martin UD Mar 16, 1996 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA}}
13 Yes United States Jessica Breitfelder TKO Nov 30, 1995 United States Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, Missouri, USA}}
12 Loss Mexico Laura Serrano TKO Apr 20, 1995 United States Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA}} Women's International Boxing Federation World lightweight title
11 Yes United States Isra Girgrah TKO Feb 14, 1995 United States Youth Center, Cut Off, Louisiana, USA}}
10 Yes United States Gail Grandchamp TKO Oct 6, 1994 United States Tampa, Florida, USA}}
9 Loss United States Mary Ann Almager TKO Jul 22, 1994 United States Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA}}
8 Yes United States Angela Buchanan TKO Apr 8, 1994 United States Kansas City, Missouri, USA}}
7 Loss United States Stacey Prestage PTS Nov 23, 1993 United States Kansas City, Missouri, USA}}
6 Draw United States Stacey Prestage PTS Aug 2, 1993 United States Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri, USA}} Women's International Boxing Association World lightweight title
5 Yes United States Jane McGhee TKO May 13, 1993 United States Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA}}
4 Yes United Kingdom Jane Johnson TKO Apr 24, 1993 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom}}
3 Draw United States Stacey Prestage TD Jan 25, 1993 United States Allis Plaza Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri, USA}}
2 Yes United Kingdom Jane Johnson TKO Apr 8, 1992 United Kingdom Town Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom}}
1 Yes Republic of Ireland Anne-Marie Griffin PTS Jun 30, 1991 Republic of Ireland Limerick, Ireland}}


  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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