It almost feels like a lifetime since we have seen boxing in
arenas but finally, with Auckland Returning to level 1 we
finally get to see boxing back in the Arena.
This weekend Bruce Glozier will continue to promote New
Zealands women boxers as Baby Nansen will take on Karen Te Ruki
Pasene at Vodafone Events Centre. Originally this bout was for
the WBO Asia Pacific Super Lightweight title with the winner
being in line for a world title shot, but due to Covid messing
up plans and boarders shutting, they had to have a mega
downgrade to the PBC South Pacific title. The PBC South Pacific
title will be the first of its kind as it has yet to have
crowned a champion.
Giving a background on both
boxers we will start with Baby Nansen. She is the former PBCNZ
New Zealand champion, former WBC ranked boxer, has fought across
the world including fighting at Madison Square Garden. Multiple
Kickboxing and Muay Thai champion. With the boxing record of 8
wins, 4 loses and 1 draw. She has fought the best boxers in the
world including WIBA World Champion Gentiane Lupi, 2x WBC World
Champion challenger Melissa St Vil, Currently WBO World Champion
Challenger Mikaela Mayer, and 2x World champion challenger
Karen Te Ruki Pasene is one of the toughest boxers in New
Zealand, and you would expect her to be, being a mother and a
Navy Officer. She is the current New Zealand Super Lightweight
Champion. With the record of 2 wins, 1 lose and 0 draws.
Comparing them the have both lost to WIBA World Champion
Gentiane Lupi, they have both won against Australasian
Lightweight Champion Tania Reid. And I assume the winner should
have a rematch with Gentiane Lupi to have a World title shot
from the major four.
Looking at the undercard we have the return of one the most
dangerous boxers in New Zealand, Panuve Helu (11 – 2 – 1) taking
on returning boxer Jason Tuala (2 – 0 – 0). We havent seen
Panuve in the boxing ring since November 2018 with his TKO win
over Junior Maletino Iakopo. As for Jason Tuala, he hasnt
fought since 2016, but even then he only fought Salam Hermez in
both of his fight winning easily by Knockout. You would assume
that Panuve Helu would easily win by knockout by just breathing
on his opponent.
We have the return of Said Salem (3 – 0 – 0) taking on Mark
Arquiza (0 – 2 – 0). Said Salem hasnt fought since November
last year where he got injured in a tough fight against Ricky
Curline. Mark Arquiza comes in with 2 loses to his record both
from Australia, so we need to wait and see what he islike on
Finally, we have the rematch between Aung Sanda (0 – 2 – 1) and
Raihau Lehartel (1 – 0 – 1). The first match you could consider
an upset draw where Aung Sanda made his return to boxing for the
first time in 8 years and to come back with a draw against a
tough Auckland Resident French Polynesian boxer. This will be
one of the exciting fights of the night.
GA Tickets will be available from Thursday onwards but corporate
table tickets are only available until Wednesday. You can get
your tickets from the Glozier boxing Facebook Page. The event
will be happening at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manakau on
the 10th of October.