Deirdre Gogarty

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] She attended Drogheda Grammar School. 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 The law preventing females from participating in the sport of boxing in Ireland has since been revoked and there is an increasing number of females becoming involved with the sport thanks to its Olympic acceptance and the consistent international success of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]

Deirdre Gogarty
Height5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm)
Born (1969-11-10) November 10, 1969 (age 50)
Drogheda, Ireland
Boxing record
Total fights23
Wins by KO14

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.

In 2015, Gogarty was inducted into the Women's International Boxing Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The IWBHF was created by founderSue TL Fox.[15]

Professional boxing recordEdit

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   Beverly Szymanski UD Oct 1, 1998   Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA}} vacant International Women's Boxing Federation World featherweight title
22 Yes   Monique Stroman TKO Apr 19, 1998   Memorial Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA}}
21 Yes   Bonnie Canino UD Jan 11, 1997   UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA}} Women's International Boxing Federation World featherweight title
20 Yes   Debra Stroman TKO Jan 11, 1997   Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, USA}}
19 Yes   Patricia Simms KO Nov 29, 1997   Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA}}
18 Yes   Sharon Yates TKO Nov 29, 1997   UAW Hall, Parma, Ohio, USA}}
17 Yes   Sharon Yates KO Oct 27, 1996   Cleveland, Ohio, USA}}
16 Yes   Shannise Davis TKO Sep 18, 1996   War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA}}
15 Yes   Jessica Breitfelder KO Jul 13, 1996   Mammoth Events Center, Denver, Colorado, USA}}
14 Loss   Christy Martin UD Mar 16, 1996   MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA}}
13 Yes   Jessica Breitfelder TKO Nov 30, 1995   Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, Missouri, USA}}
12 Loss   Laura Serrano TKO Apr 20, 1995   Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA}} Women's International Boxing Federation World lightweight title
11 Yes   Isra Girgrah TKO Feb 14, 1995   Youth Center, Cut Off, Louisiana, USA}}
10 Yes   Gail Grandchamp TKO Oct 6, 1994   Tampa, Florida, USA}}
9 Loss   Mary Ann Almager TKO Jul 22, 1994   Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA}}
8 Yes   Angela Buchanan TKO Apr 8, 1994   Kansas City, Missouri, USA}}
7 Loss   Stacey Prestage PTS Nov 23, 1993   Kansas City, Missouri, USA}}
6 Draw   Stacey Prestage PTS Aug 2, 1993   Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri, USA}} Women's International Boxing Association World lightweight title
5 Yes   Jane McGhee TKO May 13, 1993   Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA}}
4 Yes   Jane Johnson TKO Apr 24, 1993   London, United Kingdom}}
3 Draw   Stacey Prestage TD Jan 25, 1993   Allis Plaza Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri, USA}}
2 Yes   Jane Johnson TKO Apr 8, 1992   Town Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom}}
1 Yes   Anne-Marie Griffin PTS Jun 30, 1991   Limerick, Ireland}}


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  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.
  15. ^ "About the IWBHF". 2014-07-10. Retrieved 2016-09-25.

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