(OCT 14) Geovana Peres has
become the second woman ever to win two New Zealand professional
boxing titles. Peres went to war last night at ABA Stadium
taking on Trish Vaka.
Geovana Peres (2-1-0) is a
Brazilian born, now Auckland New Zealand resident boxer. She is
well known currently to be the first person from the LGBTQ
community to win a New Zealand professional boxing title. She
won her first title back in April this year against former top
10 heavyweight boxer Nailini Helu, almost winning every round to
take home the NZNBF version of the New Zealand Light Heavyweight
Peres going for her second title, took on Trish Vaka (0-1-0 1nc)
from Northland. The fight itself went the eight round distance,
with Geovana winning the bout by Unanimous Decision and taking
home the PBCNZ version of the New Zealand Light Heavyweight
title. Geovana Peres has made history with not only being for
LGBT person to win a pro New Zealand title, but also second
woman ever to win two New Zealand titles.
The first female ever you may know is the first every IBF World
female champion, Daniella Smith. Smith won her first New Zealand
title in 2006 against Sue Glassey for the NZPBA version of the
New Zealand super welterweight title (69.9 kgs). Her second
title was in 2008 against Lisa Mauala for the same title but
this time for the welterweight title (66.7 kgs).
Geovana Peres now sets her sights on the NZPBA version of the
New Zealand title. The heavyweight title is currently held by
Alrie Meleisea, however the light heavyweight version of the
title is currently vacant but being fought for in November
between Lani Daniels and Trish Vaka. Peres is also eventually
looking for a rematch against Sarah Long and potential fight
against Meleisea in the future.
Peres is showing a lot of potential and has improved a lot since
her first fight March this year. Geovana I believe can be a
future world champion and is certainly on her way in doing so.
As for the undercard of the fight night at ABA Stadium on Friday
the 13th, there was two professional international bouts on the
The undefeated Ruben Webster (5-0-0) took on an experience
amateur boxer from Tahiti, Jesse Pereitai (Pro debut). Both
boxers fought very well, however Webster was simply too good for
french polynesian. Webster won the bout by Unanimous Decision.
The final professional undercard bout of the evening didn’t last
very long. Fijian boxer Saiyad Ali took on Indian boxer Ravinder
Singh, both boxers making their professional debut. However it
only lasted 31 seconds in the first round with Saiyad Ali
winning the bout by a devastating Knockout. People at ringside
said that Ravinder Singh should not have been a professional
boxer and shouldn’t have gotten in the ring in the first place.