Geovana Peres wins in Dominating Fashion
Current New Zealand Women’s Light-Heavyweight Champion Geovana Peres put on yet another dominant display last week, winning every round and easily defeating Trish Vaka in her second fight of the year. After defending her title against Lani Daniels in March, Peres was again looking to stake her claim as the premier light-heavyweight in the world and is now ranked 1st in WBA and 2nd by Boxrec.com.
The Brazilian born kiwi champ was originally set to match up against former top 10 ranked Nailini “The Tongan Goddess“ Helu, however clearance issues kept Helu from the bout. On only 3 days notice and coming off a decision loss to Tessa Tualevao just 5 days before, Vaka accepted a rematch opportunity against Peres who she had lost to a little over a year ago.
NZ Fighter understands that Peres’s promoter Bruce Glozier will soon announce a major world title shot for Peres, likely to feature on his next show on March 2019. John Conway was at ringside during the bout between Geovana and Trish, which could mean Geovana next opponent could be Lani Daniels in an epic rematch.
Support for the Brazilian-Kiwi is growing with Terry Batchelor, Alexey Papyshev, Navosa “Smiley” Ioata and Benjamin Thomas Watt in her corner at Ellerslie and appearances by Junior Fa, Hemi Ahio and Israel Adesanya before the fight.
The undercard also featured Hemi Ahio’s TKO win over Junior Maletino Iakopo lifting Hemi back into the top 100 rankings on Boxrec and American visitor David Roberts knocking out Aafeen Deen. The biggest upset of the night came from American Derion Chapman losing to Fiji New Zealander Shiva Mishra by majority decision, although it appears the Chapman team might appeal the decision.