Native Affairs - Brown Girl In The Ring

By Ruwani Perera

Raised on a diet of boil-up, Te Aroha Hira is one of boxing's rising stars.  She's got huge potential not seen here before in a young female boxer.

At just 16 years of age, the girl from Manurewa has big ambitions and she's training day and night to reach them.

This week, Te Aroha is bound for Bulgaria, representing New Zealand at the Women's Youth World Boxing Championships.

We sent reporter Ruwani Perera ringside to meet up with the teenager during her final weeks of build-up.