Nailini Helu victory over Sarah Long on Saturday was actually a NZPBA Female Heavyweight Title Eliminator.
Which means Nailini Helu is now the Number one contender for the NZ National Heavyweight Title.
As of right now there could be a few people that could for Helu for the title including, Victoria Nansen, a rematch with Kirsty Lupeamanu, a rematch with Sarah Long or Ange Davis who is looking to debut in the boxing world.
Whoever the opponent is, the female division is certainly alive in New Zealand.
Tongan Born New Zealander wins second Professional bout
Tongan Born New Zealander, Nailini Helu has won her second professional bout. Helu won against Sarah Long by unanimous decision.
The 22 year old is currently ranked 10th in the world by independant boxing records keeping and computerized rankings system boxrec. Helu is also ranked 10th currently in the UBF.
Helu is the older sister to Professional boxer Panuve Helu. Panuve Helu just recently came off a win against Tauranga Resident Jonathan Taylor. Panuve is scheduled to fight Fili Mailata in August in a rematch after a controversial draw and again in september against an opponent that is still to be announced.
Both Nailini and Panuve born in Tonga and residing in Auckland, New Zealand are Tonga’s biggest boxing prospects, showing massive amount of potential.
Nailini has an incredible amateur career, winning three New Zealand National Championships in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and also reaching the semifinals in 2013.
Nailini debut as a pro in April this year on the Kali Reis vs Maricela Cornejo WBC World title undercard in Auckland, New Zealand. Helu defeated Hamilton, New Zealand resident Kirsty Lupeamanu for the inaugural Royal Rampage World female heavyweight title.
Nailini Helu is looking to fight for the New Zealand title next and then a regional title bout in hope to fight for a world title within the next two years.