Motu unopposed at National Amateur Boxing competition

By Tamati Tiananga
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Sally Motu has set her sights on conquering Australia's best. She will cross the ditch to compete against our Trans-Tasman rivals after a disappointing showing of no opponents at this year's National Amateur Boxing competition held in Rotorua.

Before her fight, Motu told Te Kāea, “I am quite nervous because this is my first fight outside of New Zealand. I hope that I can put in a really good performance in the ring, and in the end take it out for New Zealand.”

However, the title was only awarded title as unopposed.

“When I arrived in Rotorua, the organisers were having a chat with my coach Chris Martin. They had two on the cards. However, neither turned up. So I ended up watching my mates in the ring.”

She now sets her sights on Australia. The New Zealand Boxing has granted Sally Motu the chance to compete at the Queensland Golden Gloves next month.

“My sister can't fight, so now I feel like all the pressure is on my shoulders to win. Despite that, I'm still going to give it my all.”

Older sister Maria Motu-Gemmell had to pull out due to injury.

“In four weeks, I'll be flying out to the Golden Gloves event in Queensland. I'm fighting in the 64kg division. My sister thinks there are a lot of fighters in that division so I could be in the ring every day. I think there are around 12 fighters in my division.”

Sally will leave for Australia in three weeks to train in Queensland before the competition on the 25th to the 28th August in Brisbane.

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