Boxing: Mea Motu fights through dislocated shoulder to defend world super bantamweight title

Mea Motu has defended her IBO world super bantamweight title, despite a dislocated shoulder.

Motu, 33, secured a unanimous points decision over Ellen Simwaka of Malawi, with neither fighter able to seal victory inside 10 rounds at Eventfinda Stadium.

That decision was earned by Motu, who had to fight her way back into the contest after a first-round blow that left her with an injured shoulder.

But Motu fought on through the pain and did enough to convince all three judges she deserved to retain her belt.

"Proud," Motu told Newshub post-fight. "My shoulder popped out, but I still pushed through.

"I didn't let it bother me, I just carried on fighting. I was feeling confident and happy.

"I just want to be a role model to our tamariki. I want to open those doors and fight for our kids.

"No one wants to fight for them. I want to hear their voices, let them be ok to cry, and let them know it's ok to fail."

The victory came in the wake of threats from trainer Isaac Peach to withdraw from the fight, citing concerns over the officiating and referee Ignatius Missilaidus. 

Motu's record now stands at 17 wins without defeat, with six of those victories coming by way of knockout. 

Elsewhere, fellow Kiwi Lani Daniels also extended her reign as the IBF world heavyweight champion, stopping Luvuyo Sizani in the fourth round.

Daniels' record after 14 fights reads 10 wins, two draws and two defeats.