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Surge of Women's Boxing in Australia
by Mischa Merz
March 15, 2010


(MAR 15) Sarah Howett defeated Diana Prazak in a six round shut-out at Moonee Valley in Melbourne on Saturday night. Howett's boxing skills and balance were too good for Prazak's bullying style which has seen her win all her amateur fights including the national championship. But Howett was the more experienced without the headgear and had been tested against stronger opponents than Prazak.

On this Saturday night, it marked the start of an apparent surge of women’s boxing in Australia. Four female bouts are scheduled over the next few weeks in Melbourne, including one WBC world title eliminator and two professional debuts. In the meantime on the west coast female amateurs will complete in selection trials for the women’s world championships taking place in Barbados in September.

Rarely before have so many women been inside the professional prize fighting ring in such a short space of time in Melbourne with two bouts even occurring on consecutive nights.

The first cab off the rank will be on the undercard of Saturday’s night’s main event at Moonee Valley racecourse between Sam ‘King’ Soliman and Shannon ‘The Man’ McMahon, a WBF middleweight world title fight. But the opening bout of the evening will also mark the start of former blue-haired Gladiator Viper, Sarah ‘Missy’ Howett’s, campaign for her own international boxing belt as well as being the first professional fight for Australian amateur champion Diana Prazac. The two will fight four rounds at junior welterweight. For Howett, a South Pacific kickboxing champion, it will be her second professional boxing fight.

On the following week, on March 18 at Flemington Racecourse on a Barry Michael and Brian Armatruda promotion, former amateur star and relative boxing veteran, Perth-based Erin McGowan will fight Angie Parr, a one time world kickboxing champion and wife of Muay Thai icon John Wayne Parr.

McGowan will clash with Parr for the third time in her undefeated 11-fight career. The two, whose barnstorming fight caught the attention of pundits in WA, will appear on the John Hopoate v Shane Cameron undercard in a six round non title bout.

And the following night, Friday March 19, OPBF and WBF world super bantamweight champion Susie ‘Q’ Ramadan will begin her climb towards the WBC crown in an eliminator against Argentine Maria Jose Nunez. Ramadan, undefeated in 12 fights is already in the WBC top ten but will edge her way even closer to the top spot of the highly competitive women’s bantamweight division if she wins this next international bout at Knox Netball Centre.

On April 9 Prazac will fight again, this time coming up against a former amateur opponent Cassandra Pruden. Pruden lost a close decision against Prazac and is keen to avenge the loss without the headgear on a Peter Maniatis promotion featuring Heath Ellis, the nephew of former IBF junior lightweight champion Lester Ellis, at Malvern Town Hall.

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