Gentiane Lupi returns to boxing this Friday
On Friday, multiple-code champion Gentiane Lupi returns to the boxing ring to fight Karen Te Ruki Pasene on the undercard of Geoavana Peres' WBO World title defence on Rival Sports Promotion's inaugural event.
Bruce Glozier and Steve Deane of Rival Sports Promotion have put together a stacked fight card for the world title event on October 4th at Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland. The event is female-dominated and has notable fights on its undercard.
One of the standout undercard fights sees former WKBF Kickboxing World Featherweight & WIBA Boxing World Super Bantamweight Champion Gentiane Lupi (Boxing 5-3-1, Kickboxing/Muay Thai 20-5-0, MMA 1-1) returning to the boxing ring for the first time in almost three years.
In kickboxing & Muay Thai, Lupi has won seven titles including the WKBF World Featherweight title in 2017; defeating Demi McNamara by split decision. In boxing, she has won three titles including defeating Anrey Onesongchaigym by TKO in 2015 to win the interim WIBA World Super Bantamweight title. She was upgraded to full world champion status later that year. Her last boxing fight was in 2016, where she defeated Nurshahidah Roslie by TKO to win the WBA Oceania Super Featherweight title.
Gentiane Lupi is still a very dangerous fighter with knockout power who proves to everyone that it doesn't matter how old you are, you can fight and still kick ass. However, Lupi will be returning to the ring on Friday with a challenge on her hands.
Unknown boxer Karen Te Ruki Pasene (1-0-0) will be Lupi's opponent. She is one of New Zealand's toughest boxers, proven by her enlistment in the New Zealand Royal Navy. Pasene is also the last professional female boxer to knock someone out in the boxing ring. Karen won her first fight in November 2018 and has been itching to get back into the ring.
This fight will be the professional curtain-raiser after all the corporate boxers have fought their bouts.