Amateur sensation Francesca Hennessy has signed a promotional contract with BOXXER and will make her debut in London on September 30th.
The 18 year old, daughter of esteemed promoter Mick Hennessy, enters the paid rank following a successful stint in the amateur ranks which saw her crowned national champion on two occasions.
Hennessy has confirmed she will compete as a bantamweight under the tutelage of former British and Commonwealth super-welterweight champion Bradley Skeete.
The pair sat down with Sky Sports‘ Andy Scott on the ‘Toe2Toe Podcast’ following the announcement as they vowed to leave their mark in the paid ranks.
“The dream is to make the crowd go wild and prove to everyone that I’m made for this. I’m 18 but I believe I’m going to go very far in this game,” Hennessy said.
“I’m here to prove to everyone that my age doesn’t matter.”
Skeete is also optimistic that Hennessy’s success will carry over from the amateur ranks to the pros.
“She’s got it all. She’s 18 but she spars world champions and does well. She’s gaining her experience and has the whole package. I tell everyone she’s the next star of women’s boxing,” Skeete said.
Hennessy will make her pro debut on the undercard of Caroline Dubois‘ lightweight contest against Magali Rodriguez at York Hall on September 30th.
The card also features a vacant English cruiserweight title fight between Viddal Riley and Nathan Quarless, while Callum Simpson faces former English champion Germaine Brown at super-middleweight.