(SEPT 25) Tongan born New
Zealander Nailini Helu, won a massive bout last night in
Auckland, New Zealand, winning the NZPBA and UBF Asia Pacific
Women’s heavyweight titles. Helu won the bout against Ange Davis
by Split Decision.
The bout itself was extremely
close throughout the entire fight and was described as a very
well match fight. Despite a very impressive performance, Ange
Davis trainer and manager Terry Tuteru from S.A.L.T was
screaming abuse as they left the venue to the Judges and the
promoter. According the Tuteru, he believes that the judges was
bribed to make Nailini Helu win, especially since Helu was hyped
up allot through marketing. Tuteru will promoting a boxing event
on October 8th with Helu going up against Victoria Nansen,
however with Tuteru a bit sour from the decision of Helu vs
Davis bout, Helu vs Nansen is now in jeopardy.
Now that Nailini has two major professional titles under her
belt and is still undefeated, Nailini only has two more bout
scheduled this and is just a couple of steps closer to becoming
Also on the card was Nick Hikuroa winning against Debutant Zane
McNab. Despite losing the bout, McNab won the first round of the
bout. However during the second round, Hikuroa threw an
impressive body shot, resulting in McNab getting cracked ribs
which end the bout by TKO in the second round. Hikuroa showed
incredible sportsmanship, helping McNab back to his corner.
Immediately after the bout, Hikuroa took the the mic and called
out NZPBA and WBU World Champion Anthony Taylor.
Anthony Taylor older brother Jonathan Taylor was featured on the
undercard. Jonathan Taylor show an impressive performance on the
night, winning the bout by TKO against Kendall Cooper. “I was
initially thinking too much weights, not enough speed work, so I
provoked him.. but then I got caught. Ended up being an early
night. He didn't need speed when he had straight power” said
Cooper. Due to this win, Jonathan Taylor will now go up against
Jordan Tai on November 12th for the Vacant NZPBA and IBO Oceania
Super Middleweight title on Andrew Higgins Big Bash. Kendall
Cooper will also be on the undercard of that bout, going up
against Joshua Tai.
Cheyenne Whaanga made her pro debut on the night against Sarah
Long. Whaanga showed an impressive performance, winning by
Unanimous decision, winning all the rounds of the bout. Whaanga
trainer, the first ever IBF Women’s World Champion Daniella
Smith, was very impress with her boxers performance. Whaanga
will be next in the ring against Nailini Helu on October 28th
for Helu’s NZPBA title, which she just won. Sarah Long will be
next in the ring on October 8th against Kirsty Lupeamanu under
Terry Tuteru Fight Night.
The opening pro bout of the night
was Craig Thomson vs Samoan Peter Tovi’o. Craig Thomson who just
recently had his second baby a few days ago, show an impressive
performance, winning the bout by TKO in the second round.
Overall the Fight Night turned out really good with a pack out
noisy crowd. “I am very happy how the event turned out in the
end, especially being my first event. I probably won't promote
another fight again for another couple of year” Said Promoter
Benjamin Watt. “It is time for me to spend time with family and
friends and continue to fight my battle with cancer”.