Boxing: Kiwi boxing star Mea Motu embraces spotlight before first world title defence of IBO crown

After capturing both the IBO world super bantamweight belt, as well as the hearts of the New Zealand public, Mea Motu is embracing her first title defence.

The undefeated Kiwi boxer became an overnight sensation after headlining the annual Fight for Life event in April, where she defeated Canadian Tania Walter.

She will now defend her belt against Malawian Ellen Simwaka at Eventfinda Stadium on August 26,  as the main event of a Kiwi-stacked card.

While the media attention from her previous bout caused some concern for trainer Isaac Peach, he's much more at ease this time around.

Peach is predicting a late stoppage win, and isn't worried the hype will negatively affect Motu in the lead-up to the fight.

"I think Mea is going to be in a tough fight, and hopefully, we get it done in the latter stages, that's what I want," he said.

"I don't want it to be early, I want it to be late. I want it to be hard, so she can get better from the fight.

"The last fight was difficult for me. As you can imagine, Mea is a very quiet, stay-at-home mum, and suddenly she's slapped all over the media everywhere.

"I think that was quite draining, and in this fight, she is concentrating on her boxing, she's going awesome, and she's excited.

"She knows how to deal with the pressure of the media. This is the second time around and you're always better a second time. Mea is going to be great."

Motu painted a similarly calm picture, and is delighted to be headlining the event alongside fellow Kiwi Lani Daniels.

Daniels will defend her IBF world heavyweight title against undefeated South African Razel Mohammed in the co-main event.

"It's awesome, it means a lot, especially for me and my family, as we are both from the Far North, and we're two Māori growing together," Motu said.

The pair headline a stacked card, with light heavyweight Jerome Pampellone putting his undefeated record against another South African Luvuyo Sizani.

A win could put him closer to a title bout against the reigning champion Artur Beterbiev, a potential bout Peach is already eyeing up.

"I think Jerome will be absolutely sensational, and I think he destroys his opponent," he said. "He's got a good opponent, but I just think Jerome is that good.

"None at all, Jerome is ready for the big time. This is the stepping stone to that big time, so no, no concerns. 

"To the top.  The promoter gives us the fights we need, which he will, Jerome wins them and Jerome will be a world champion, I have no doubt."