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Shannon O’Connell recaps War in the Bool victory

 
SHANNON O’Connell took a step towards a world title challenge with a comprehensive win on Saturday night.

 
The Logan-based pocket dynamo picked up the vacant WBC Silver super bantamweight title with a thorough six round beatdown over Anrey Onesongchaigym at the Warrnammbool Stadium in regional Victoria.

 
Having secured the WBC Silver strap in her second attempt, O’Connell (now 12-4-1, 7 KOs) was clearly elated.

 
“I think I was in full control of the fight the whole time,” said O’Connell in an interview with Aus-Boxing.

 
“Even when she had me on the back foot – I was able to stay calm and patient – to set up the right shots to throw. I’m not normally that patient but we have been working a lot on patience and balance,”

 
“I’m glad I was able to convert the training straight into the fight. It was good to come out unmarked.”

 
“It feels awesome finally having that WBC belt. It was my third WBC fight so to come out on top was awesome.”

 
Like most fighters, the 33-year-old admits that it can be difficult handling multiple roles that come with day-to-day life. But in the case of O’Connell, she is unique in the sense that her responsibilities carry extra weight.

 
“There are always obstacles,” she explained. “I’m a mum of two kids and a new business owner too,”

 
“So that alone was tough to juggle at times. I also had a couple of niggling injuries as well, but I’ve always said that if I get in the ring injury free then I didn’t train hard enough.”

 
“But I’m good to go again next week,” she joked.

 
With Hosking Promotions already having two more events scheduled in the coming months, the new WBC Silver titleholder is hoping to be placed one at least one of the cards before lining up an opportunity abroad.

 
“I haven’t discussed things in depth with Lynden yet but I’m sure that conversation is only around the corner,”

 
“Now that we have something that other people will want, we are hoping that doors open overseas again. If not, Lynden and his team already have two more shows scheduled,” she concluded.

 
“I’m the fighter, I just fight. He’s the brains so I’ll leave it all up to him.”

 
 
Photo: SAA Imaging

 

 

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