Undefeated IBO super-bantamweight world champion Mea Motu is set to defend her title against Indian boxer Chandni Mehrain in Whangarei on Saturday. The Auckland-born champion has expressed dissatisfaction over her recent drop to number two in the IBF ranking following England's Ramla Ali's victory over Julissa Alejandra Guzman. Motu, who has an impressive record of 17 wins and no losses, is eyeing a future unification bout with IBF champion Ellie Scotney and perceives Ali's higher ranking as an obstacle to this goal.
Chasing the Unification Bout
Motu believes that there's more to Ali's higher ranking than meets the eye. She feels that this move is an attempt to prevent her from getting a shot at the unification bout with Ellie Scotney. With a professional record of 17 victories and zero defeats, Motu's confidence in her boxing skills remains unshaken. Not one to study her opponents, she relies heavily on her coaches for that aspect, focusing instead on her own performance.
More Than Just a Title Defense
The upcoming fight with Mehrain is not just about defending the title for Motu. A win would add another feather to her cap in an already successful year, having previously defended her title against Ellen Simwaka in August. However, the stakes are higher this time, with Motu's sights set on a potential unification bout with IBF champion Scotney. A victory against Mehrain could potentially pave the way for this matchup.
A Battle of Champions
Meanwhile, the fight card also features New Zealand's Lani Daniels, who is aiming to bag the IBF world light heavyweight title. Another Peach Boxing athlete, Jerome Pampellone, is also featured on the card, adding to the excitement of the event. This boxing night will see two female World Champion boxers returning home to Northland to defend their world titles, marking it as the biggest boxing event ever to be held in Whangarei.