Girl on the Undercard


Deirdre Gogarty Girl on the Undercard

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Featuring Former World Champion Barry McGuigan and
Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Taylor

Documentary of a Privacy Freak

Deirdre Gogarty being interviewed by Kim Bartley outside St. Saviours Boxing Club, Dublin in 2013The first time a documentary crew followed me, I was a 23 year old contender, intensely-serious, born-worrier and privacy-freak. It was 1993, when the European broadcasting company Channel 4, filmed an award-winning program chronicling the first ever Women’s International Boxing Federation world title fight. Stacy Prestage and I boxed for the vacant lightweight championship. It was our third, and final fight in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

The filming of training for my first title attempt began in Ireland where I grew up and women’s boxing was banned. The camera crew doggedly captured every possible moment, only falling short of catching me on the loo, or following me to a gynecologist examination. When I finally broke free for my alone trip to the USA, the producer penetrated Dublin Airport security and surprised me at my gate. Trying to smile, the corners of my mouth trembled on the verge of a scream.

Fast-forward twenty years. In July 2013, Loosehorse Productions from Ireland began filming a documentary based on my infamous fight with Christy Martin in 1996. Filmmaker Kim Bartley, and her sound-man Colm O’Meara, have mastered the art of relaxing their subjects with easygoing interviews that still manage to pierce the heart of the matter.

Again the documentary shoot began in Ireland, but the highlight was when I returned to Kansas City. This time (instead of Channel 4 capturing me losing a majority decision to Stacy Prestage), Loosehorse filmed me reuniting with Christy Martin at the 2013 Ringside World Championships. The memories of my brutal flight with Martin are so vivid, it didn’t seem possible I was chitchatting with the same person who left my body aching for weeks.

The documentary is scheduled to air on Setanta Ireland in a few months. Loosehorse were a joy to work with. In reality, so were Channel 4, but twenty years ago I was so afraid of exposure. Women who wanted to box were considered appalling, barbaric and an outrage. Today, women’s boxing is embraced in Ireland where it was once banned. No longer compelled to be a privacy-freak, I’m free to share my story.

MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (1996) – Video

Highlights from my pay-per-view battle with Christy Martin at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (1996).

Deirdre Gogarty Interview – ‘My Call to the Ring’

With my American Coach, Beau Williford

With my American Coach, Beau Williford

On Monday evening the 1st of October 2012 at the Carrickmacross boxing club, Greenjab.ie caught up with Irish boxing legend Deirdre Gogarty. The Drogheda native now living in the USA is currently in Ireland for the launch of her new book ‘My Call to the Ring’

Deirdre left Ireland in the 1980’s to peruse a career in boxing as women’s boxing was not seen as conventional in Ireland. Deirdre decided to follow her dream in the USA where she worked and trained through hard times to eventually win a World Featherweight title.

Deirdre’s journey is an inspiring story and thankfully she took the time to discuss many aspects of her boxing career with us in what transpired as an extremely honest and open interview. The following interview looks at Deirdre’s early life and how it influenced her desire to fight, the highs and lows of her boxing years, Katie Taylor and life after boxing.

Pugilistic Dreams

WIBF Champion, Deirdre Gogarty

As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming a champion boxer.

In 1997, my first dream came true.

As a young woman, I dreamed of writing and publishing a memoir.

Now that dream has come true. My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of A Girl Who Yearns to Box (co-written with Darrelyn Saloom) of my pugulistic journey has been released by BookLocker.com.

I invite you to join me.