Yesterday, Duco Events withdrew Naz Khanjani from tonight's fight against Lily Taurau due to ill health. Taurau made the announcement yesterday that she was still keen to fight and luckily a quick replacement has been found.
The new contender is Laura Newell, who will step in and take Khanjani's place. According to Mai fm, Newell has been sparring with Khanjani over the past week, so she is no stranger to the boxing ring.
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They came face to face for the first time at the weigh-in this morning. After being weighed, both posed for photos, including the traditional stare down. The event starts at 7pm tonight at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch.