Peru boxer Kina Malpartida to be awarded top sporting award

Two weeks after she won the WBA super-featherweight title in New York City, Kina Malpartida will be awarded Peru’s top sporting award, reported Jorge Guizado, the head of Peru’s High Council on Sporting Justice and Honors, or CSJDHD.

“This Monday afternoon, the Council unanimously decided to award (Malpartida) Peru’s Sporting Laurels,” said Guizado in comments to Radio Radio Programas. The award also comes with a $15,000 cash prize.

“This is how it had to be,” said Malpartida’s mother, Susy Dyson. “Justice has been done because my daughter is truly Peruvian. She was born here, and there’s nothing more to say.”

Despite the support of many, Malpartida was criticized for traveling to Australia, and wearing the Aussie flag on her shorts during her win.

Malpartida – the first Peruvian woman to grab a world boxing title – snatched the vacant WBA super-featherweight title in New York’s Madison Square Garden last month, by sending previously undefeated Bronx boxer Maureen Shea to the mat.

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