Danielle Smith takes Work Boxing Title


(Source | Waatea News) A Kaikohe-raised boxer who has just become the International Boxing Federation’s welterweight world women’s champion wants a rematch in New Zealand against her beaten opponent.

38-year old Danielle Smith won a unanimous points decision over 25 year-old German Jenifer Retzke in Berlin last week to pick up the vacant belt and give her a 10 win, one loss professional record.

The mother of two turned to boxing 12 years ago as a way to keep fit for basketball, and says it’s given her a chance to meet some of her heroes, such as Sugar Ray Leonard.

Her coach Monty Betham is working on staging a fight in New Zealand, but has also been fielding calls with offers of overseas bouts.


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