(FEB 13) On February 11, at the Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club, Red Hill, QLD,
Australia, and promoted by Red Corner Promotions Boxing event, Kina
Malpartida defeated Mirelle Walford, via a unanimous decision in a
four-round bout. Scorecards were 40-36 (x2), and 40-35. The fight was fought
at an agreed weight of 145lbs.
Malpartida, 5-0 (1), originally from Peru, had a notable height and reach
advantage over Walford, making her professional boxing debut, despite
conceding a couple pounds in weight. From the first round it was apparent
that Malpartida was the more technically sound fighter, as the opening
seconds saw her land a well-calculated right hand that momentarily rocked
Walford. She continued to stalk her shorter opponent throughout the round,
trapping her on the ropes and firing away with rights and left hooks.
Rounds two and three were more of the same, with Walford trying her heart
out, but just being outclassed by the rangy Malpartida.
The fourth saw some exciting exchanges at close quarters, with Malpartida
shaking her foe a couple times. Each time it appeared Walford was down and
out, she displayed her fighter instinct, throwing overhand rights. Although
few landed, they assisted her in lasting the distance.
Malpartida is a very skilled pugilist, that in my opinion demonstrates poise
beyond her ring experience. Nevertheless, she is a precocious talent.
There’s some areas of her game, like her jab and combination punching that
need work, but are sure to improve as she continues to develop under new
trainer, former kickboxer Jay Turner.
Side note after the fight...After the bout it was revealed Kina broke
her right hand with the first punch of the fight. She's out of training for
at least 6-8 weeks.
Mike Altamura is currently Kina’s co-representative alongside Red Corner
Promotions’ head, Brian Kirwan. To all fighters, managers, promoters,
writers, etc. out there, if you’re interested in seeing footage of Kina,
contact Mike at: email@example.com
and he’ll arrange to have a promo DVD mailed to you.