Peruvian champ aiming to impress
Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Peruvian World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight champion, Kina Malpartida, is confident that she will successfully defend her title when she faces Marylin Hernandez from Dominica Republic in the Wray & Nephew 'Rumble on Jamrock' boxing card at the National Indoor Sports Centre tonight.
The Gleaner/STAR women's clash is set for 10:05 p.m. before the WBA featherweight title fight between Jamaica's Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters and Colombian Daulis Prescott, which is set to start at 11:30 p.m.
The 32-year-old Malpartida, who has an impressive record of 14 wins, which includes four knockouts and three defeats from her 17 fights, will be aiming defend her title for the sixth consecutive time.
"I am world champion and this is my sixth title defence and I am very confident that I can defend my title," she said at yesterday's weigh-in at the Wyndham hotel in New Kingston.
Looking forward to exciting fight
Malpartida, who tipped the scale 128.5 pounds, expects to be thoroughly tested by her opponent.
"She is a very good fighter and she throws a lot of punches and she is going to try and take my title away," said Malpartida.
Malpartida, who has been training in Jamaica for the past couple of weeks, added that her preparation has been going well and she is now looking forward to a very exciting fight from her opponent.
"I am been preparing for this type of fighter because our styles are similar, but I will be ready for her," Malpartida said.
She added: "I just have to do what I do everyday in the gym, which is box and move. I have to put my punches together, throw my combinations and when I see something, I have to take the opportunity to go forward."
Hernandez, who is late replacement for the American Stacey Reile, who fell sick in her build-up to the fight against Malpartida, has a record of 17 wins and six loses.
She was due to arrive in the island last night for her fight against Malpartida.