Christina McMahon has secured the Interim WBC Bantamweight title after defeating Catherine Phiri in Zambia.

The former kickboxing champion is Ireland’s only professional female boxer and outclassed her opponent in front of her home support to claim the belt.

The Monaghan native had to endure a fine start to the ten-round contest by Phiri but McMahon got stronger as the fight progressed to land the title.

McMahon’s unbeaten record has been extended to 7-0 as the 40-year-old secured the €17,000 purse.

Phiri was rated second with the WBC ahead of the fight, while McMahon will surely move up from her tenth place.

McMahon should now get a chance to be crowned outright WBC world champion against reigning world champion Yazmin Rivas.