TITLE SHOT: Tugun?s Kina Malpartida has her sights set on a crack at the world title if she can win her next four fights.
TITLE SHOT: Tugun?s Kina Malpartida has her sights set on a crack at the world title if she can win her next four fights.

Fighter has grand plans

Boxing

By ADAM WRATTEN

sports@tweednews.com.au

GOLD Coast fighter Kina Malpartida hopes victory tonight against Melbourne's Mirelle Walford will put her on the path to a crack at the big time.

The super confident lightweight, who weighs in at 62.5kg, takes on Walford at the Brisbane Broncos Leagues Club at 8pm (NSW time).

It is the first of four planned fights which, if she comes through unscathed, Malpartida said could see her head to the US for a possible world title shot.

Since turning professional in August, 2003, Malpartida has forged a 4-0 win-loss record, including a points decision against Sydney's world title contender Holly Fernely.

But it is since hooking up with Kingscliff-based trainer Jay Turner 10 weeks ago that everything started to fall into place for the 24-year-old.

"I've been training the house down," Malpartida said.

"I feel great and I'm ready to give this fight my best shot."

Malpartida has another fight lined up next month with two more to be scheduled.

With more victories under her belt she has been told by a US promoter, through her contact Mike Altamura, there would be an opportunity to fight the champion in America.

Malpartida arrived in Australia five years ago from Peru, where she first took up the sport.

"I love boxing, the intensity and it's so full on," she said.

"I had been doing all kinds of sports before, including surfing, but I knew this was for me."

Although she has only been boxing for a relatively short time, Malpartida, managed by Brian Kerwin of Red Corner Promotions, has set her sights high.

"My goal is to be a world champion and then to be the best female boxer there has ever been," Malpartida said.

"A world champion can be anyone, I want to go further than that."



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