(NOV 6) Arlie Masina wins
her second bout, just a week after debuting as a pro. Last week
Masina took on New Zealand’s ranked number #1 boxers and top 10
heavyweight, Nailini Helu and this week New Zealand’s ranked
number #3 boxer and top 15 heavyweight Kirsty Lupeamanu.
Last weekend Nailini Helu was
scheduled to face Cheyenne Whaanga for the New Zealand National
(NZPBA Version) Light Heavyweight title, however due to Whaanga
being injured the title fight was called off and Masina was
called in for a last minute replacement in a normal professional
bout. The bout was on the Berridge vs Taihia undercard at ASB
Stadium Auckland New Zealand. In a big shock, Masina won the
bout by Split decision, a big upset for a debutant to win on 24
hours notice and with a chest infection.
Nailini Helu was the Mandatory challenger for the New Zealand
National (NZPBA) Heavyweight title, and was due to fight the
other mandatory challenger Ange Davis within the next 4 months.
However with Helu’s defeat, it is most likely that Masina is
made the new mandatory challenger.
This weekend Kirsty Lupeamanu took on Arlie Masina at the Cossie
Club in Hamilton, New Zealand. Lupeamanu was already at a
disadvantage as her mind was elsewhere with her young son was in
hospital earlier in the week with a ruptured appendix. Masina
won the bout against Lupeamanu by Unanimous decision.
In just a short week, Masina has raised to being number one in
New Zealand and ranked in the top 10 in the world.
Lupeamanu released the following statement on facebook:
“Last night was definitely a night to remember… my fellow MTB
crew fought as MTB do… With Mana and Pride. Every fighter come
out and gave it their all and walked out humble. Unfortunately I
didn't come out with the win but I came out with hunger to learn
more… train harder… fight stronger and smarter.
I was absolutely overwhelmed with the support...when I walked
out I literally was rocked by the roar...that crowd...far out.
Thank you Dean..Tracey...Rangi...Winston...Dread..
Maria...Pera...The team that helped on Security...Tables and
Thank you and congratulations to my opponent Arlie...mean.
Bossman...I want more. I have got more. I will give more. All my
supporters...keep the faith...it's just the beginning of
wonderful things! "