Aberdeen to host all female boxing event on 21 November

By Tyrone SmithBBC Scotland Sport
Denise Castle
Denise Castle will defend her WIBA minimum weight title in Aberdeen

World champion Denise Castle will headline an all-female professional boxing event behind closed doors in Aberdeen on Saturday, 21 November.

The nine-fight card will be the first show in the UK to be overseen by an all-female team of officials.

Scottish multi-weight world champion Lee McAllister is promoting the event, which is sanctioned by the British and Irish Boxing Authority.

"We are making a stand here for the female boxing world," he said.

"We are trying to push female boxing to the next level and get them 50-50 rights with the male fighters. How many shows are there with three male judges and a male referee? Every show.

"So we are trying to do it the opposite way round and put pressure on every other promoter, every other manager, every other commission to give the chance to female boxers and boxing officials."

Former WBC muay thai world champion Castle, 48, secured the Wiba world minimum weight title a year ago with a fifth-round stoppage over Sutthinee Bamrungpao in Bangkok.

Her opponent for the bout at Aberdeen's Northern Hotel is still to be confirmed.

Nicola Hopewell will meet Tasha Boyes in a rematch after Boyes' arm injury retirement in their previous encounter.

Elsewhere on the undercard, Caitlin Foran faces Beccy Ferguson and Ellie Coulson takes on Czech fighter Ester Konecna.

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