Kiwi Geovana Peres On Top Of The World

Kiwi Geovana Peres On Top Of The World

Geovana Peres flies the rainbow flag. Photo courtesy of Linda Keim.

Openly gay, Brazillian born kiwi boxer Geovana Peres has become the number one ranked light-heavyweight in the WBA.

Peres, who got her New Zealand Citizenship in July this year, started boxing in 2015 as an amateur, turning pro in 2017. The rising star has gone on to win two New Zealand titles and became the first person from the LGBT+ community to win a New Zealand professional boxing championship.

Peres has climbed the rankings over the past couple of years, defeating boxers like Tessa Tualevao twice, Nailini Helu, Trish Vaka and Lani Daniels. Following her dominant win over Daniels in March this year, the WBA has ranked her number one in the world in the Light Heavyweight division, making her the Mandatory Challenger for the vacant World title.

The new ranking means Peres is now the highest ranked pro on the NZ boxing circuit, beating out male counterparts like Junior Fa, David Light, Bowyn Morgan and even Joe Parker.

Peres and her management team are now in negotiations for a major world title fight, although nothing is confirmed and we might not see the bout until next year. Peres isn’t laying low though, with plans for filler fight hopefully before we see out 2018.

Geovana Peres is the current New Zealand Professional Boxing Commission & New Zealand National Boxing Federation Light Heavyweight champion with a professional record of 5 - 1 - 0. She is ranked 1st in WBA and 3rd on Boxrec.

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