Warm up for Worlds
A successful night all round for amateur boxing at the Auckland Boxing Association held on Saturday 19th September. Former NZ boxing champion and “Million Dollar Babies” head coach Daniella Smith showcased her girls as part of the boxing club fight night in association with Boxing Alley. A massive 19 boxing fights were on show, 10 of those fights featured female boxers at corporate, amateur and an international level.
Fight 5 of the night was a female lightweight international bout between Alexis Pritchard-Todd out of New Zealand and Deanna Hobbs representing Queensland Australia. South African born Alexis (2008 Ringside champion, NZ Olympic and Commonwealth representative and 10 time New Zealand champion) fought her opponent Hobbs (2014 Australian champions and 2015 golden gloves and State Champion) to the end of the 4th round winning the fight by decision after throwing more punches, and, clearly showing her fitness was a great strength as she continued to throw punches and stay mobile around the ring.
The undercard female fight to this event ended in TKO injury with 3 time NZ champion Marea Motu of Million Dollar Babies club dislocating her shoulder after a fired up start against #2 ranked featherweight boxer Tania Reid from New Plymouth. In the first round Motu took a low stance, making effective and timely jabs driving Reid to every corner of the ring. Round 2 Motu continued to find range with the left jab, however soon finding out her right shoulder was dislocated. At the end of the second round Daniellastates "I saw her shoulder pop out twice but she wanted to carry on," a very animated Smith in the corner showing a very calm Motu to use a triple jab with her left leading into round 3. As the 3rd round progressed Daniella throws in the towel as she sees the shoulder out of joint once again.
Main Event of the evening was a pacific clash. Current New Zealand Super heavyweight champion Patrick Mailata taking on upcoming fighter Sepisitano Lavimai. Both fighters come out with heavy swings but it is Mailata who lands his punches with the ref stepping in almost straight away to give Lavimai a standing 8 count. As the fight is timed back in the quick lightning speed of Mailata proves too strong as Lavimai hits the ground and the fight is stopped within 1 minute of the first round - Mailata winning by knock out. We asked Mailata if he knew anything about his opponent tonight after finishing the fight so quickly, "I have sparred him in the past but we don't know much about him." In regards to Worlds preparation Mailata states, "this fight was a warm up to the Worlds competition something I have been working on hard with my trainers Harry Otty and Gareth Edwards. Thursday gone was the last of my hard training with weights and working on techniques, now we just concentrate on skill nothing big or serious until we leave on October 1st."
Also notable on the night was the award for "Female Fighter of the Night" Lani Daniels from Waikato's Nabby's boxing gym who fought in fight 1 and fight 14 winning both. Despite having no coach in her corner Daniels did well taking her second fight to decision beating current golden gloves champion Leni Helu.