(DEC 22) WBAN has received
information on an amateur boxer planning to turn pro in 2016.
According to the public relations with Hosking Promotions
banner, "Sugar" Neekz Johnson plans to make her pro debut in
Johnson told WBAN the following:
"My full name is Cherneka Lee Johnson, but most people know me
as Neekz. I am 20 years old and started boxing when I first
moved to Australia in 2011. I am originally from New Zealand,
I am the eldest of three, having one brother and one sister. I
still live at home with my family and have worked many part time
jobs to fit in with my boxing and training schedule.
The question I get asked the most
is what made you start boxing? And to be honest, all it was, was
fitness and getting into shape at my local gym. From there I was
with my first trainer Phillip Holiday for three years and went
to my first junior world championships, then I moved to Albert
Boxing Fit and spent 4 years competing at another 3 world
The thing about boxing is, it’s my life. It's all I've known
since I was in high school. I would feel lost and bored if I
didn't go into the boxing gym every week.
I had an exciting and successful amateur career competing all
over the world having over 55 fights.
Some of my achievements have been:
-Turkey junior world championships 2011
- China elite world championships 2012
-Bulgaria youth world championship 2013 (highest ranking 5th in
- China elite world championships 2014
- 5x QLD champion at 54kg
-3x Australian champion 54kg
-3x Golden Gloves champion 54kg
- QLD representative for overseas training camps and
- Australian representative to overseas tournaments and training
- QAS individual scholarship holder.
- Olympic Games Shadow squad member
As of late 2015 I decided to become a professional boxer and
have signed with Lynden Hosking of Hosking Promotions.
I made this decision whilst in the care of my away from home
coach Rudy Ryan and his lovely family. I now have a new coach by
my side (Mark Wilson) and another gym family, Bethania Boxing
I am so excited to embark on this next step of my career and I
am so thankful to the individuals who have already shown what
great people they are by supporting me in various ways.
I would like to thank Lynden Hosking, my Manager for believing
in me and giving me the opportunity of turning pro with Hosking
Promotions, and Troy Roberts (AO Fight) - custom fight and
training gear, Daniel Pretorius ( Donte Enterprises) - sign
writer and printer, Daniel Bunce - photographer and Paul
Davidson (Delta Physiotherapy)- massage and injury prevention/
rehabilitation for sponsoring me...
My goal in life is I want to be the best there is in what I do.
I want to travel the world doing what I love and I want to share
my experiences with like minded people."
WBAN is looking forward to following this boxer when she turns
pro and with her impressive amateur accomplishments she will be
a great addition in the pros of female boxing!