Limerick cage fighter Catherine lines up title shot


catherine costiganLIMERICK cage fighter Catherine Costigan added another victory to her glittering CV when she defeated Noelia Molina from Monaco in Cage Warriors 70 at The Helix in Dublin.

Catherine, who is co-owner of the Pankration Kickboxing Academy with her husband Dermot, won the fight in the first round, defeating her opponent by technical submission with an armbar.


Catherine was quite pleased with the comprehensive nature of her win, but she was less impressed with Molina’s conduct before and during the fight.

“She was the most aggressive opponent I’ve ever faced. She really tried to get in my face and mentally intimidate me. It was ridiculous, really. I don’t know what she was thinking.

“Before the fight she was on social media proclaiming how she would give me the beating of my life and that she would mentally take me down. I suppose that’s good for the fight promotions but after she lost, she wouldn’t even shake my hand or my coach’s. I thought that was bad form.”

Catherine now hopes that her latest triumph will open the door for a title fight in the months ahead, with her eyes fixed on Cage Warriors’ flagship event on December 31.

“The New Year’s Eve event is the biggest show on the Cage Warriors calendar. They asked me to do it last year and Cage Warriors chief executive Graham Boylan told me that he’s looking to find the right opponent for me, although nothing is confirmed yet.”

Catherine’s loyal supporters were disappointed that there was no live coverage of the fight against Molina, either on television or online. Their angry Internet feedback could prompt Boylan to schedule the Limerick fighter on the main card for her next Cage Warriors event.

Catherine said: “I was shocked that it wasn’t broadcast. Normally the fights would be streamed online but a few matches on the card fell through. Such was the outrage on Twitter that I think Graham and company realised they made a mistake and that I deserve to be on the main card next time.”