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Fight night: All you need to know

New Zealand's two current world champions will share top billing in a homecoming show in Whangārei tonight.

Kaitaia's Mea Motu (17-0, 6

KOs) defends her IBO world super bantamweight crown for the second time in the main event. She is joined on the card by fellow Northlander Lani Daniels (9-2-2, 1 KO), who is seeking to make New Zealand boxing history by capturing a world title in a second division.

What's at stake?

Motu's IBO world title will be on the line when she steps into the ring with Indian challenger Chandni Mehra (12-4-1, 4 KOs).

Daniels, meanwhile, is on a historic mission to add the IBF's light heavyweight title to her collection. Australian Desley ‘Lady D’ Robinson (5-1, 1 KO) stands in her way of glory and the Queensland-based concreter has the tools to spoil Daniels’ homecoming party.

What are other fights to look out for?

Without doubt, rising light heavyweight sensation Jerome Pampellone's 10-round clash with battle-hardened Mexican Rogelio ‘Porky’ Medina.

Pampellone (17-0, 10 KOs) is widely viewed as New Zealand's top male boxer not named Joseph Parker and is ranked in the top 10 by the IBF, despite only turning professional three years ago.

But ‘The Panther’ will be taking a huge step up in class against Medina, a 50-fight veteran who has mixed it with the very best during a 16-year career.

Who else is on the card?

Super flyweight Zain Adams (4-0, 2 KOs) will look to extend his unbeaten start in the pro ranks when he takes on Thailand's Patthaphi Camton in a sixrounder.

The Isaac Peach-trained Roseanna Cox (1-0, 1 KOs) tackles Northland Kauri rugby player Trish Vaka (1-6, 1 KO) in a six-round catchweight contest.

There is also a corporate heavyweight bout between Northland rugby players Matt Matich and Kurt Benney to keep the punters entertained.





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