(NOV 11) New Zealand
Heavyweight (NZPBA Version) Champion Alrie Melesiea, defended
her title against Sarah Long at ABA Stadium in Auckland.
Alrie Meleisea (3-0-0) is ranked 6th in the WBA, UBF Asia
Pacific champion, New Zealand champion and has peaked at 4th on
boxrec back in April this year. After taking eight months off
from the ring, Meleisea returns to defend her New Zealand title.
Sarah Long (2 - 2 - 0) has peaked at 9th on boxrec. She was
appointed as mandatory challenger back in August. Long started
off her pro boxing career slow, but got better each fight. In
her last fight, she defeated the current two time unified New
Zealand light heavyweight champion, Geovana Peres.
The fight itself was an extremely close fight. Meleisea won the
first round but struggled in the second but manage to knock down
Long. Long fought well throughout the fight and was breaking
meleisea down. The fight got so close, by the seventh round the
boxers were tied on the cards, making the eighth and final round
the deciding round. After winning the last round, Meleisea
successfully defended her title. The final score cards was one
jude 77 - 74 and two judges 76 - 75.
What will happen next for Alrie Meleisea? Will she take on
Geovana Peres for the biggest female fight in New Zealand since
Gentiane Lupi vs Daniella Smith. Will she take on next up and
comer Lani Daniels or will Meleisea start fighting
internationally. As for Sarah Long, a potential rematch should
happen with either Nailini Helu or Geovana Peres, especially
since Long has shown great improvement since her debut against
As for the undercard, Kayne Conlan made his pro debut in a
welterweight contest against a tough Hilton Underwood. It was a
tough fight but Kayne won every round convincingly.