Women’s ti­tle fight head­line

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There will be fists fly­ing, bat­tered shins and knock­out knees at Te Rau­paraha Arena next month.

Triple Im­pact 4 will fea­ture a world women’s box­ing ti­tle bout on Fe­bru­ary 28 be­tween Wellington’s Gen­tiane Lupi and Shan­non O’Con­nell, along with the pro box­ing de­but of Up­per Hutt’s Harry Scaife, a three-time am­a­teur New Zealand cham­pion.

Pro­moter Mark Hamp­ton said it would be one of the fight nights of the year.

‘‘We’ve got a lot of re­ally tal­ented, strong fight­ers com­ing through the ranks, and the tour­na­ment is a great place for them to showcase just how good they are,’’ he said.

‘‘The surge in pop­u­lar­ity of kick­box­ing is due to the fan­tas­tic tal­ent that New Zealand has.

‘‘We’re one of the top coun­tries in the world and this rep­u­ta­tion is at­tract­ing a new au­di­ence to our events.’’

Lupi will have a bat­tle on her hands to take the Women’s In­ter­na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion su­per ban­tamweight ti­tle from the ex­pe­ri­enced O’Con­nell, who is from Aus­tralia and has 63 fights to her name.

Lupi has just 10 box­ing fights un­der her belt and won the New Zealand pro box­ing ti­tle in De­cem­ber.

She lost to O’Con­nell early last year, but said she was more pre­pared this time.

‘‘On pa­per, I have no chance,’’ she said.

‘‘I have less ex­pe­ri­ence in the ring and less ex­pe­ri­ence in the gym. But the fight is fought in the ring and odds and chances of win- ning don’t mean much once the bell rings.’’

Scaife will take on new­comer Leon Tan­garoa in a four-round box­ing bout and the other main event fights are Caleb Lim v Matt Lap­wood (Muay Thai fight), Jerry Nor­ris v Josh Har­g­reaves (mixed mar­tial arts) and Jade Soliga v Au­mav­era Au­mav­era (Muay Thai).

Hamp­ton said the large num­ber of un­der­card fights would in­volve Porirua ath­letes with plenty of

support in the crowd for them.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Fast fists: Gen­tiane Lupi is thirsty for a ti­tle in Fe­bru­ary.

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