Shiva Mishra to compete for New Zealand title

Wellington boxer Shiva Mishra will be going for a New Zealand title in his hometown against tough Dunedin boxer, Ricky Curline.

The Pro Box New Zealand Lightweight title bout will be the first title fight in Wellington in over two years. The promoter and gym manager to The Lion Pit - Pou Sefesi - will be hosting the fight night on the 15th of February 2020 at Lower Hutt Event Centre. The event will feature a full fight card with a mixture of boxing, kickboxing and MMA on the show.

Hailing from Lower Hutt, Shiva Mishra made his professional boxing debut back in 2018. Since then he has moved down three weight divisions and has fought more in Australia than in New Zealand. This will be the first time in his pro career that he fights in his hometown.

In November last year, Shiva Mishra fought the biggest bout of his career against Nestor Bolum (10-1-0) for the WBF Australasian title. Mishra, coming in as the underdog, surprised Australia by knocking his opponent out at the end of 3rd round, in doing so winning his first title belt.

Dunedin boxer Ricky Curline will be coming into the fight as the underdog against Mishra as he fights in enemy territory. Ricky Curline is one of the most underrated boxers in New Zealand with his record not showing how skilful he is. Ricky has only fought tough opponents in his career including Cairo George (18-2-0), IBF Youth Champion Liam Wilson, Kyle Freiberg (5-1-0) (who lost to Shiva Mishra), James Ryan (4-0-0), Top 16 Commonwealth Games boxer Richie Hadlow and recently Said Salem (3-0-0). Despite his record, he has proven he is a tough boxer and has given most of these boxers trouble. In his last bout against Said Salem, the bout was so close that some people thought he could have won the bout.

This bout will be the first New Zealand boxing title fight in 19 years, with the last fight between Santos Pakau and Clinton Simmonds. Christchurch boxer Nort Beauchamp currently holds the NZPBA version of the New Zealand title; however, he did not compete to win the title, he was awarded the title last year.

For more information on the event keep an eye out on the gym facebook page at or buy tickets from the promoter Pou Sefesi on 021 262 8060.

Written by Benjamin Watt

Benjamin Watt first got interested in boxing when he watched his first bout in 2000, where David Tua fought Lennox Lewis and ever since then he was hooked. Since 2014, he had become the editor for New Zealand and Pacific of Boxrec (The independent computerized rankings website and records keeping).

In 2015 he became a Boxing judge, making him the first openly gay man to have ever judge a professional boxing bout in the World. Recently he has been writing for international boxing websites including World Boxing News, Boxing Scene and Scoop NZ. Benjamin has also recently started a new project with Wikipedia, to produce more Wiki articles on New Zealand Boxing history.

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