(AUG 19) It has just been decided
that New Zealand Heavyweight female boxer Sarah Long, has been
appointed as the mandatory challenger for the New Zealand
National (NZPBA Version) Heavyweight title.
Sarah Long (Boxing 2-2-0, Kickboxing 5-4 0) debut as a
heavyweight boxer in mid 2016. The beginning of her boxing
career didnít start off well with losses against Nailini Helu
and Cheyenne Whaanga. However everything changed when she won
her first bout last year against Tash Pakai and current NZNBF
champion Geovana Peres earlier this year. Since winning her two
boxing bouts, she has peaked at 6th in the world on Boxrec April
Current NZPBA Heavyweight Champion Alrie Meleisea (Boxing 3-0-0,
MMA 2-0-0) has accomplished much in her short career. Meleisea
debuted in October last year, defeating top 10 world ranked
boxer (at the time) Nailini Helu in a close split decision.
Meleisea took the bout on 48 hours notice. Two weeks later,
Meleisea won her second bout against Kirsty Lupeamanu by
Unanimous Decision. Earlier this year Meleisea had her much
anticipated rematch against Nailini Helu for the NZPBA and UBF
Asia Pacific titles. Meleisea won a very close bout by Split
Since her win in March, Meleisea has peaked world rankings from
4th on Boxrec to an amazing 6th on World Boxing Association (WBA).
With so much success, She has become a target for many boxers
including Sarah Long, Geovana Peres and at one point even Sonya
Lamonakis management team were interested.
Negotiations between Terry Tuteru (S.A.L.T/Sarah Long Manager)
and Vasco Kovačević (Red Line Combat Academy/Alrie Meleisea
Manager) are under way. Terry is hope the bout can happen on his
multi combat event in October, however time can only tell what
will come of the negotiations. There is potential interest that
a regional title could be involved but that remains to be seen.