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Peruvian boxing world champion ready for first title defense
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15:53, March 12, 2009

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Peruvian boxing world champion of super featherweight Kina Malpartida Dyson said on Wednesday that she is to be ready in a few weeks on crown defence against any rival.

The new world champion from the World Boxing Association (WBA) won on Feb. 22 by knockout the title against United States boxer Maureen Shea in the Madison Square Garden arena in New York.

On Wednesday, Malpartida, 27, returned to Peru to meet with her people and family. She received the Sports Laurels and the Great Cross distinction from Peruvian President Alan Garcia this week.

On answering which other sports she also practices, Malpartida told that she "likes soccer a lot and is a fan from Alianza Lima club".

She also can play soccer as midfielder and play basketball in elementary school.

Malpartida has said that she won due to her dedication to sports, as she also practiced surfing when she was child and youngster, she was child and youth national champion on that discipline.

When asked about her feelings on being the only Peruvian woman to win a boxing world title, Malpartida said: "it's blessing and it was thanks to all my training I did in California with the best coaches, who gave me technique, and physical and metal capacity to achieve this triumph."

Malpartida said due to her condition of world champion she needed more training.

"Now I train to fight limits of 10 rounds and not six as before. I have always given everything in each fight, without excuses, I feel fine with that," said she.

About accepting the Peruvian Institute of Sports (IPD) invitation to defend her world title in Lima, Malpartida said it would be really good to defend her title in Lima.

Regarding the 50,000 nuevos soles (15,000 U.S. dollars) that the IPD gave her as a reward for have became the boxing world champion on super featherweight category, Malpartida said that "I'm very thankful, this money will help me to continue training. Here the most important is to invest in boxing."

Days before receiving the Sports Laurels, Malpartida had said she would not accept the homage because she also has the Australian nationality.

Malpartida's name will be written in the National Stadium of Lima since she is the first Peruvian women on winning a boxing world title.


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