(MAR 4) We are less than a
week away to “Red Line Combat Academy” and “Phantom Boxing”
event “Rise of the New Breed”. Main eventing the fight is the
rematch between Arlie Meleisea and Nailini Helu for the vacant
New Zealand National (NZPBA Version) & vacant UBF Asia Pacific
female heavyweight titles.
Photo of Nailini Helu award
the NZPBA and UBF Asia Pacific titles before being striped of
This bout was extremely difficult
to bring together due to a rematch clause between Nailini Helu
and Ange Davis. Helu and Davis fought each other back in
September 2016 for the same two titles that are contested next
week, however the bout ended in controversy. The very close bout
originally ended in a Split Decision win to Helu, however Davis
manager Terry Tureru launched an appeal claiming that one of the
judges made a mistake.
NZPBA Secretary, Pat Leonard accepted the appeal and launched a
full investigation, to find that one of the judges did indeed
miscalculated their score card. In result of the finding,
Nailini Helu was stripped of her two titles, the judge was stood
down from NZPBA and an official order was made to have the two
boxers to fight each other within the next six months, which
expires on March 24th.
See the Nailini Helu vs Ange Davis fight here on Whawhai fight
night on Maori TV:
Or on Gladrap Channel on Youtube:
In between that time helu was due to face Victoria Nansen on
Terry Tuteru show just a few weeks later, however due to the
social media backlash, it cause a mental toll onto Helu, making
her unable to train. A few months later Helu made a return to
the ring on the Robert Berridge vs Adrian Taihia undercard. The
bout was originally scheduled for Helu vs Cheyenne Whaanga for
the NZPBA Light Heavyweight title, however Whaanga pulled out
due to serious injury. Meleisea Took the fight on 48 Hours
notice, with the fight itself looked like Helu was taking it
easy on the pro boxing debutant Meleisea, which backfired on
Helu as she lost by Split Decision.
This result cause another controversy as this brought up allot
of questions like Does Helu lose her Mandatory challenge shot?.
Before the bout Helu was thought to be a future world champion
and is currently ranked in the WBA Oceania division, Will she
lose her spot? And where did this new girl Meleisea come from?
See Nailini Helu vs Arlie Meleisea right here on Gladrap Channel
Fast forward to the beginning of 2017, Ange Davis received a
serious shoulder injury during training to prepare for her
future fight against Helu. Davis did not want to give up her
mandatory spot so a decision was made in NZPBA. It was announced
that Arlie Meleisea will take on Nailini Helu for the NZPBA and
UBF Asia Pacific titles on 10th of March at ABA Stadium, with
the winner to face Ange Davis when she is 100% heal.
Tongan Born Nailini Helu, who is older sister to Panuve Helu, is
a three time New Zealand National Amateur Champion and a former
New Zealand National Amateur Golden Gloves Champion. She has won
the Inaugural Royal Rampage heavyweight title on her debut
against Kirsty Lupeamanu and she is currently ranked in WBA
Oceania heavyweight division. Helu is believed to be the first
ever Tongan born Professional boxer. Helu trains with Pridelands
Boxing, a community gym that is free to everyone based in otara.
Samoan Alrie Meleisea has taken Pro boxing in New Zealand by
surprised as in two weeks in December, she defeated New Zealand
ranked number one and World ranked number 8 Nailini Helu and she
defeated Kirsty Lupeamanu, taking both fights on less than a
week's notice. Outside boxing Meleisea is also a MMA fighter.
She currently trains under Redline Combat Academy, which is the
same gym that trains Robert Berridge.
Also on the card will feature the Pro debut of Evander Tia, who
is the most feared person in the corporate division. Tia was
having allot of trouble finding boxers to fight him, he had
reach a point where he had no choice but to turn pro. Tia will
be going against Kickboxer who is also debuting as a pro boxer,
Jordan Mororoa. The last pro on the card is Pro boxing debut
Kerry Davies taking on Mad Men Entertainment Boxing Gym owner
Mubin Mohammed. Currently the Show has sold out all of their
tables but there are small ammount of GA tickets left.
RLCA PROMOTIONS & PHANTOM BOXING
Transport Diesel Marine LTD presents.
"RISE OF THE NEW BREED"
March 10th - ABA Stadium, 1 Ngahura St, Eden Terrace.