Māori opponents battle it out for cruiserweight title

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Ka tuki atu te kaimekemeke nō Tuwharetoa a Asher Derbyshire ki a Pane Haraaki no Ngāti Kahungunu mo te ngaio taitara Cruiser Weight ki Poneke a te po nei. 

Nō te rātapu kē i tae me te karanga ki a Pane Haraki kia whawhai ki a Asher Derbyshire, he huarahi e kore ia e karo.

“I fight anyone, I don't care how big you are, fighting has changed my life, thats why I'm here today,” hei tā Haraki.

I noho kore hoariri mai a Derbyshire ki te rīngi na te wharanga o Thomas Heads, a i waatea mai tenei huarahi.

Hei tā Haraki, “I honestly know very little about him but I respect him for taking on the fight.”

E ai ki tona hoa riri a Derbyshire, “He's tough, he’s durable and he's fit, he's not here just to lay down and it’s definitely gonna be a hard night for me and I'm really looking forward to it.”

E whitu ngā toa, e rua ngā hinganga, heoi he uaua te huarahi mā Derbyshire kia tuki atu ki te toa o naianei ki a Monty Filimaea mo te taitara.

“We were in talks with them for 8 months and we didn't get anywhere, so we went to the NZPBA and it didn't get anywhere, so they made the title vacant and finally a year later we are standing here,” hei tā Derbyshire.

Ka whawhai tetahi o ngā hoa a Derbyshire, a Patrick Taikato ki ngā whawhai tekau o te wahanga ringarapa. He toru marama noa iho te wā whakarite, ā e ai ki a ia he nui nga whakaakoranga mona.

“I've got two left feet that’s for sure. Probably be going around in circles with the fulla. Main thing is I think is just pick the shots and stay relaxed, it’s not just gonna happen.”

Koinei te tino whawhai mo Derbyshire, heoi kaare e kore he ringa kaha tōna hei te pō nei i mua i tōna whānau hoa hoki ki tōna turangawaewae.