Deirdre Gogarty is a former female boxing world champion. She was born on November 10, 1969 in Drogheda, Ireland.
Goharty, alias Dangerous, first played boxing on June 30, 1991 when she was 21 years old. She defeated Anne-Marie Griffin in Ireland. Her first win by technical knockout came the following year against Jane Johnson.
In 1993, the Irish boxer experienced her first out-of-the-country fight. It was against Stacey Prestage, which resulted in a draw. That same year, she moved to the United States to foster her boxing career due to issues of the legality of women boxing in Ireland. Goharty met Prestage again in the same year in her first bid to a world title–the Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) lightweight title. She, however, lost. Two years later, she again sought another world title, this time, the Women’s International Boxing Federation (WIBF) lightweight title. Her efforts, however, were proved futile after Laura Serrano knocked her out in Nevada.
It was in 1997 when Goharty became a world champion, defeating Bonnie Canino for the WIBF featherweight title. Her last fight was against Beverly Szymanski in New Jersey on January 10, 1998. She thereafter, refrained from boxing, citing a shoulder injury.
This boxer of Irish origins ended her career with 15 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws. She won 13 times by way of knockout.
After her boxing career, Gogarty worked with young boxing amateurs in her hometown in Lafayette, Louisiana. She became the first woman to become a member of the Louisiana Boxing Commission, serving for four years. After which, she began training professional boxers.