Peru boxer Kina Malpartida TKOs U.S. boxer Maureen Shea and grabs WBA crown

Peruvian-born boxer Kina Malpartida snatched the vacant WBA super-featherweight title in New York’s Madison Square Garden this weekend, after a stoppage was called 25 seconds from the end of the ten-round bout.

Malpartida’s technical knockout – the second of her career – sent previously undefeated Bronx boxer Maureen Shea to the mat. Though Shea got back on her feet, referee Eddie Cotton called a stoppage seconds before the end of the tenth round, declaring Malpartida the new super-featherweight champion.

“This is fabulous,” said Malpartida in comments to RPP. “I am very grateful and thank everyone that has helped and supported me. I have dreamed of this moment and have never let negative thoughts stop me. I have dreamed of this and, thanks to God, dreams do come true.”

Malpartida, known locally as “dynamite,” is the first Peruvian woman to grab a world boxing title.

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