Female World title contenders start their training camps

Geovana Peres and Lani Daniels have started their respected training camps ahead of their World Title fight on March 30th, in Auckland New Zealand.

With 9 weeks to go till the event, all hands are on deck. Bruce Glozier of Glozier Boxing is expected to make an announcement soon with details about ticketing, venue, broadcast and the undercard. While Glozier is keeping busy event managing, Peres and Daniels are deep into their training camps.

Brazilian born New Zealander Geovana Peres has been training around the clock since her last bout against Trish Vaka last December. Peres, who fights under Mayhem boxing, is supported by the impressive team of Terry Reid Batchelor (Manager & Trainer) Alexey Papyshev (Personal Trainer) Benjamin Watt (Promoting/Marketing) and Alex Sua (Assistant Coach). As if the physical challenges of preparing for a title fight was not enough, Geovana is well known to be vegan, which commands a very strict diet to keep her fighting fit.

Mayhem Boxing boasts a formidable stable of boxers to help Geovana with sparring including Navosa “Smiley” Ioata and Commonwealth bronze medalist Troy Garton. There is a rumour that former WBO Oriental Champion and former top 10 WBO Ranked Gunnar Jackson will also help Peres with sparring to further bolster the ranks. Peres’ sparring partners are now being carefully selected due to Geovana injuring her less experienced partners in the past.

Peres stablemates also have big plans for 2019. Troy Garton will be defending her number one position in New Zealand in a couple weeks time and hoping to qualify for the Olympics. Navosa Ioata will be fighting on the Peres vs Daniels undercard, scheduled against Chris Rehu. Smiley is also scheduled to fight Panuve Helu on April 20th for the New Zealand National (NZPBA version) Cruiserweight title.

Whangarei born Lani Daniels has been very busy in her training. Daniels’ family owns Tukaha Boxing gym in Northland area, with Daniels training there daily and traveling to Auckland every Thursday, Friday and Saturday to train with former World Muay Thai champion John “The Rebel” Conway. Conway said “Lani trains with me Thursday night Friday morning Friday night Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.

Conway’s gym “Rebel Lee Gar” is a Boxing, Kickboxing and Muay Thai focused gym in New Lynn, Auckland, well known for its intense workouts using old school training and techniques. The training and sparring sessions at the gym are so intense that some professional boxers have been known to walk out half way through. The gym has produced a lot of amazing fighters including former WBC ranked boxer Baby Nansen, former WBA - PABA Champion Adrian Taihia, “The Brown Buttabean” David Letele and, of course, Lani Daniels.

While Lani Daniels has been with Conway she has won her second New Zealand title, been ranked in the WBA and has received multiple world title offers.

Geovana Peres vs Lani Daniels a rematch from their bout back in March 2018 for the New Zealand National (PBCNZ version) title. Geovana Peres walked away with the victory by Split decision, however John Conway believes it was a controversial decision. In an interview with Gladrap Channel (Youtube channel), John Conway said “It's such a credible sanctioning body, the WBO (World Boxing Organisation), it's one of the Major ones. As big as the planet is and as many girls there are fighters, it just happens to be in our backyard. We have a promoter that has the balls to put the tournament on, we have two girls that are credible opponents that are prepared to fight each other… The girls have fought before, it's a controversial decision against Lani Daniels, I thought it should have been the other way.”

The ultimate victor of this rematch title fight is likely to seek out a bout with American multi-division champion Claressa Shields. Shields took to social media with multiple posts saying “Hell they got bigger problems than me sadly! I’m fighting at 160 and once I become undisputed I’m going 154 to capture my 3rd division. I got some heat for they ass though!”

Mark Taffett, of Team Shields, made a comment after the instagram chaos “It’s exciting to see these two champions – Geovana Peres and Lani Daniels – want to fight each other to prove who is best. Women’s boxing needs the best to fight the best in order to begin to achieve the recognition with fans and ultimately achieve equality with men’s boxing. I love their spirit and their understanding that to BE the best you have to BEAT the best, and that’s me.”

The rematch between Geovana Peres and Lani Daniels will be on March 30th in Auckland, New Zealand. The event is Promoted by Bruce Glozier of Glozier Boxing. The undercard will feature Hemi Ahio, Panuve Helu, Andrei Mikhailovich, Navosa Ioata, former top 15 in WBO, WBC and WBA ranked boxer David Aloua, Vivesio Setefano, Semisi Kalu, Evander Tia, Slade King and more. More announcements will be made over next couple weeks.

Written by Benjamin Watt

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