Boxing: Lani Daniels defeats Alrie Meleisea to win historic world heavyweight title fight in NZ

Lani Daniels has had her hand raised as the new IBF women's world heavyweight champion, after a convincing display over 10 rounds against Alrie Meleisea at Auckland.

In the first-ever world title fight featuring two NZ-born boxers, Daniels clearly had the upper hand throughout, confidently celebrating at the final bell.

In a high-paced, entertaining bout, the judges awarded her the unanimous points decision 98-92, 98-92 and 99-91 against the Auckland-born Samoan.

Lani Daniels and her team with her title.
Lani Daniels and her team with her title. Photo credit: Photosport

'The Smiling Assassin' Daniels used her uppercut to devastating effect, in tandem with her swift footwork, which made for a long night for Meleisea. 

The three-time NZ champion looked like she may finish the fight during the sixth and seventh rounds, but with blood streaming from her face, Meleisea stayed in the contest, coming home strongly to edge the final couple of rounds.

Before the fight, Daniels stated - win or lose - she'd hang up her gloves, unless she could find a significant payday to lure her back.

The Whangarei fighter refused to put a cap on her career immediately after her win, leaving the door open for a return to the ring.

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