Mauu shows her class as best female fighter
Fali Mauu was named the best Southland boxer at Saturday's Southland championships and was also the meet's best female fighter.
The 25-bout Southland championships attracted some good support from other provinces and had about 450 spectators at the Ascot Park Hotel, the best turnout in recent memory.
Mauu, of BT Boxing and Fitness, beat Tui's boxer Pania Wehi in a unanimous decision after Wehi stepped up to take the fight when a couple of other boxers withdrew.
Wehi's coach and Southland Boxing publicity officer Tui-Maree Sonter said the final was a good fight.
"[Wehi] hasn't been in the ring for two years and she's lost 20kg since November, so I was happy. Fali has been fighting for the last two years."
One of the highlights was the 91kg elite open final between Smiling Tigers boxer Bola Tokalauvere and Burnham's Visori Vanavana.
Tokalauvere claimed the heavyweight bout with a strong performance.
Matthew Savage (Deano's) fought bravely before going down in a unanimous decision to Ashburton's Christian Takao in the elite open 60kg final.
Sixteen-year-old Hannes Te Kooro (Tui's) stepped up to fight 18-year-old debutant Matt Johnston and won with a technical knockout in the third round of the youth improver 91kg final.
Te Kooro's performance against an older boxer was more impressive given he had played in a rugby final earlier in the day.
Nathaniel Arnold had to withdraw from the meet because of illness, and Aaron Lay, of Gore, was beaten in a unanimous decision by Smiling Tigers' Jesaiah Perelini.
Some Southland boxers may back up at a meet in Ashburton this weekend, and the Canterbury championships loom on September 7 and 8.
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