(SEPT 19) As we’ve
previously announced here on WBAN, a great night’s boxing is set
for Norwegian capital Oslo on October 1st, and as always here on
WBAN we’ll bring you news, photos and when possible a video link
to the World title bout in the days that follow.
Some 10,000 fans will ‘pack out’
the famous Oslo Spektrum arena for what promises to be one of
the great nights in boxing as Bergen’s Cecilia Braekhus (28-0, 7
KOs) again takes on French champion, Anne-Sophie Mathis,
(27-3-1, 23 KOs), who hails from Varangéville,
As we mentioned previously they first fought on September 22,
2012, at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark, where Brækhus
decisioned Mathis over 10 rounds to retain her titles.
For Saturday week’s fight there is an Irish interest as the
Norwegian promoters were keen to have ‘amateur’ bouts too under
AIBA/EUBC rules thus an invitation went out to young Edenderry
boxer, Shannon Edge as well as to their own champ, Madeleine
So whilst Braekhus and Mathis are
very well known internationally let’s find out more about
Shannon Edge who is best known to fans of Irish boxing.
First we asked her ‘how did this fight come about’?
“I received a call from my coach Liam Brereton asking me would I
like to take a fight in Norway and of course I said ‘Yes’.
Then he said ‘How does a Stadium of 10,000 people sound, and one
that was sold out in one hour? You’d be on the undercard for
arguably the greatest Pro Female fighter in the World’ .
When I realised he wasn't joking I nearly fainted- with
excitement, as I truly couldn't believe the opportunity I was
“I’ve been training very hard ever since. The girl I will be
fighting is Norway's Youth ‘Golden Girl’ Madeleine Angelsen”.
Do you know much about your opponent?
“I first met Madeleine at the German Queens Cup in Stralsund
back in 2014 but we were on opposite sides of the draw so I
never met her (in the ring) and it has been that way ever since.
We’ve often talked at competitions - she is a genuinely lovely
girl and we have always wanted to fight each other and now we
have a great opportunity to do so”.
Indeed few ‘Amateurs’ have appeared before such large crowds not
even at this year’s Olympics in Rio. Back in 2012 of course the
Excel Centre in London’s Docklands had ‘full house notices’ for
the 2012 Games where women’s boxing outshone the men, especially
with fighters like Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas, Queen Underwood,
Marlen Esparza and Katie Taylor in action plus Russia’s Sofya
Ochigava (now a Pro too) and other top stars from the then
Earlier Taylor had fought on the undercard of the Bernard Dunne
world title fight in Dublin’s fair city, again before a capacity
10,000 attendance, against USA’s Carrie Barry.
That was then and this is now so for those of you not very
familiar with Ms Edge’s record let’s examine the record books:
She is a six times All-Ireland Champion, and five times Leinster
In addition she has been five times ‘Nine County Champion’ and
five times a titleholder in her native County Kildare’.
Have you represented Ireland in many International tournaments?
“I have boxed for Ireland at the World Boxing Championship that
took place in Taipei,Taiwan last May and also boxed at the
European Championships in Hungary in August last year.
This year I’ve been to Canada and Spain for training camps and
then had a dual match against 2 French titleholders in France
which I won the first night and again in the ‘return’.
Next I flew out to Switzerland and fought and won against the
Swiss champion. I just came back from Turkey where I defeated
the Turkish Champion and and won by TKO”.
Have you always been a boxer and what made you take up the
“At just six years old I tried nearly every sport possible and
was not interested in any of them.
My Mother became so fed up with me quitting sports that she
refused to spend any more money on sports!
She put me into a ‘boxing for exercise class’, as it was at the
time only €1 every Tuesday and Thursday. When I joined I was
told I had a natural talent and I enjoyed it, so I stuck at it
and have loved it ever since”.
What are your eventual aims and who – if anyone- is your hero?
“I have many goals that I would like to accomplish, but all of
my training over the last few years has all been for one big
goal - I have always dreamt of qualifying for the World Boxing
Championships, winning titles there and representing my country
– in May I finally got to achieve the latter part of that dream.
My next dream is to follow in the footsteps of the ‘one and
only, Katie Taylor’. I definitely have the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
in my sights, but I know I will need more experience and more
hard work will have to be done if I want to achieve that goal’.
So you’ve represented Ireland and travelled a lot on the Irish
team – tell us some more about those events.
“As a member of the Irish team, I have been very lucky to have
boxed in many countries across Europe.
I’ve boxed in Germany at the Queens Cup and I earned a bronze. I
‘ve also boxed in Italy, England, France , Sweden, Holland and
now Switzerland, and outside Europe too, in Taiwan, and in
Canada. It’s always great to represent one’s country at home and
have boxed in many Home Internationals, one highlight of which
was winning my fight against Sweden in the National Stadium in
I’ve boxed a few times in the Golden Girl tournament in Boras,
Sweden, which is one of very few ‘amateur’ competitions that are
held for just female boxers: it is a massive event open to all
female boxers in Europe indeed many from other parts of the
world too. A great tournament which I hope I’m invited to again.
Training – how do you feel about that – must be a very tough
“Boxing and I have an extreme love/hate relationship -as much as
I love the winning side, the hard work, dedication and
sacrifices that have to be made to get where you want to be are
extremely hard. If you are serious about the sport, you have to
constantly watch what you eat.
Coming up to competitions, I have to train at least twice a day
everyday and that is tough.
Although you may be part of a team and have the support of
family and coaches, once you step into that ring you are on your
own and it is up to you what happens next.
I do also ‘enjoy’ training as it can be a stress reliever
especially to help with the overload of stress from school and I
would recommend any girl who has an interest and is willing to
commit to boxing to join.
(Sound advice there from Shannon).
The feeling when you win is the most amazing feeling in the
world, especially when you put so much hard work into it and
every loss is a learning experience.
My parents always try their best to fund my boxing as much as
they can and what I do not have I just do without”.
Since Katie Taylor won Gold in London, there has been more
funding put into women’s boxing, but, since boxing has been
Ireland’s most successful sport in the Olympic Games we could
definitely do with more funding especially for women with some
great talent around the country.
Any final thoughts Shannon?
If there are any sponsors or supporters of boxing out there who
are looking for a female boxer to invest in, I would be very
grateful for any support given.
You can see from my achievements that I will make it count”.
As she said St Brigid’s Edenderry’s coach Liam Brereton helped
secure this huge challenge for the 18 years old and as boxing
fans in Ireland – as well as the sport’s Governing body knows,
Brereton has done as much and arguably more than anyone else to
help secure funding for young Irish females to fight abroad –
indeed he has been asked by other clubs and boxers if they could
join one of the Edenderry selections, whilst he was instrumental
in obtaining the Quick Park sponsorship deal for Irish female
We wish Shannon Edge and Madeleine Angelsen every success in
their future careers as indeed we do Mathis and Braekhus in the
main fight of the night.
You can find out more about the Irish girl’s opponent Madeleine
Elizabeth Angelsen here via one of her social media accounts.