(APR 21) Brazilian Born Geovana
Peres, has won the New Zealand National (NZNBF Version) Light
Heavyweight title by unanimous decision against Tongan born
Peres, a Lesbian, is breaking
multiple barriers, being the first person from the LGBT
Community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) to win a New
Zealand professional boxing title and being the first person
from Brazil to win a New Zealand Boxing Title.
After her bout Peres said an inspiring quote:
“Small minds can't comprehend big spirits. To be great, you have
to be willing to be mocked, hated, lied about & misunderstood.
When asked how she felt to be the first gay person to hold the
New Zealand Champion she said “IM proud of it! Very proud!” She
finished a message to her fans with:
“Be proud of how you are, keep real and chase your dreams! Let
go the dramas and take responsibility for the consequences of
The fight was a tough fight for Peres, reaching into the full 8
rounds which is a first for both Peres and Helu. However she won
the bout against Helu by unanimous decision with all 3 judges
scoring 79 – 73. As for Nailini Helu, it is unknown what is next
in her career being her 3rd loss in a row and 3rd New Zealand
title fight in her career.
Peres now will be going back to her team to see what the next
step in her career is. Will she have a rematch with Sarah Long,
will she go after the NZPBA Heavyweight champion Alrie Meleisea,
will she go after the returning Cheyenne Whaanga or will she
take on the soon debuting Caroline Daniels.
As for the other professional boxing bout of the night, Ruben
Webster debuted against veteran Daniel Maxwell. Webster won the
bout by unanimous decision.