|Born||Geovana De Cassia Peres|
February 8, 1977
Minas Gerais, Brazil
|Other names||The Shield Maiden|
|Residence||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||169 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||77.9 kg (172 lb; 12 st 4 lb)|
|Reach||168 cm (66.1 in)|
|Years active||2017 - Present|
|Professional boxing record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
Geovana De Cassia Peres (born 8 February 1977, Bueno Brandão, Minas Gerais, Brazil) is a Brazilian professional boxer that resides in New Zealand. She is currently the WBO World Womens Light Heavyweight champion and the first ever female to win a world title in the Light Heavyweight division. Peres is also known for being the first person in the LGBT community in New Zealand boxing history to win a New Zealand Professional boxing title. She is open about her sexuality of being a Lesbian and she continues to break boundaries in the sport of Boxing.
- 1 Corporate and Amateur Boxing
- 2 Professional Debut
- 3 First New Zealand Title
- 4 Peres vs Tualevao I
- 5 Second New Zealand Title
- 6 Peres vs Tualevao II
- 7 Peres vs Daniels I
- 8 Road to Title
- 9 World Title Shot
- 10 Amateur Boxing Titles
- 11 Professional Boxing Titles
- 12 Professional boxing record
- 13 Research
- 14 Personal Life
- 15 Awards and recognitions
- 16 References
Corporate and Amateur Boxing
When she was 38 years old, Geovana Peres began her boxing career at a corporate level, where she took on Teuila Laika on a charity fundraiser event for Canteen New Zealand. This was Teuila Laika third corporate boxing fight which gave her experience. Geovana won her first bout by unanimous decision, winning every round. Peres went on to win Golden Gloves title and another win in the corporate division before turning pro.
In March 2017, Geovana Peres made her professional debut against veteran kickboxer Sarah Long. Long who had five wins and four loses in kick boxing, didn't start off very well in professional boxing. Long was defeated by Nailini Helu and Cheyenne Whaanga, both who were once top 10 boxers. Sarah Long made a come back by defeating Tash Pakai. It was a close fight between Geovana Peres and Sarah Long, however Long experience gave her the advantage helping her take home the win by Unanimous decision. Long went on to reaching top 10 in the world then challenger for the NZPBA Heavyweight title, but for Geovana Peres it was back to the drawing board.
First New Zealand Title
In March 2017, it was announced that Geovana Peres will take on former top 10 in the world boxing Nailini Helu for the vacant NZNBF New Zealand light heavyweight title. Helu climbed the ranks quickly in 2016, reaching 8th in the heavyweight world. But after a decision that was reversed to a draw in September 2016 and receiving a massive backlash from boxing fans, Helu went down hill. Nailini Helu went up against Alrie Meleisea twice but lost by split decision. Helu received another New Zealand title chance but this time against Geovana Peres. Peres was coming off a professional loss herself, so she had to come back with something to prove. Geovana Peres won the bout by Unanimous decision, winning 7 out of 8 rounds of the fight. This made her the first person that is Brazilian and first LGBT person to win a New Zealand Professional boxing title.
Peres vs Tualevao I
In July 2017, Geovana Peres took on Tessa Tualevao. Tualevao at the time was only 18, however despite her very young age she had a big kickboxing experience. Geovana came in as a keep busy fight and showed her experience and skill against Tessa. Peres was too much for Tualevao as Peres knocked her down in the second round. Peres won the bout by Unanimous Decision.
Second New Zealand Title
After her warm up fight, it was announced that Geovana Peres will be going for her second New Zealand title, taking on Trish Vaka for the PBCNZ New Zealand light heavyweight title. Peres admitted that she didn't know much about Trish Vaka, as there wasn't much video material online to watch her at the time. Peres stated that she was very focused for this fight and wanted this title. The fight was a close fight, however Geovana Peres came away with the victory and not only winning another New Zealand title, but becoming first women to win two different New Zealand titles.
Peres vs Tualevao II
In December 2017, Geovana Peres took on Tessa Tualevao in a rematch. Peres underestimated Tualevao in the first round which gave Tessa winning the round. The second round was close however Geovana proceeded to win the rest of the bout. Peres won the bout by Unanimous Decision. After the bout, in an interview with Benjamin Thomas Watt she stated "I always feel great after a win, but you know you can't underestimate you opponent and Tessa is very talented and tough girl".
Peres vs Daniels I
In March 2018, Geovana Peres defended her PBCNZ New Zealand title against Lani Daniels in their first 10-round fight. Lani Daniel's is well known for being a multiple New Zealand Amateur champion. She has a big amateur boxing background alongside her sister Caroline Daniels. The bout against was extremely close and Peres almost was knocked down in the ninth round. Peres won the bout by a very close Split Decision. After the bout, manager of Lani Daniel's stated they are wanting to have a rematch with Peres as soon as possible.
Road to Title
After Peres bout against Daniels, an announcement was made that big talks were in progress for a future world title bout. The plan was stated that Lani Daniels will take on Nailini Helu sometime in July or August. The winner of that bout will take on Geovana Peres in February 2019 for some sort of regional title in one of the major 4 sanctioning bodies. The winner between Geovana Peres and Lani Daniels or Nailini Helu will take on Alrie Meleisea for a World title. That world title bout will either take place late in 2019 or early 2020. After the announcement of future world title plans, Geovana Peres received her first World ranking from a major boxing sanctioning body. It was announced in early April 2018, that Peres is ranked 5th in the World Boxing Association Heavyweight female rankings. In July 2018, Lani Daniels defeated Nailini Helu by Unanimous decision. Lani then defeated Tessa Tualevao in September 2018. In Mid 2018, Geovana rankings jumped to 1st in WBA and 2nd on Boxrec. Lani Daniels was also ranked 10th in the WBA and 8th on Boxrec. In an interview on Gladrap Channel on Youtube, Benjamin Thomas Watt who helps promoter Peres, announced that her manager is in the middle of negotiations for a World title fight. Peres was scheduled to fight Nailini Helu on 6th of December 2018, however due to failing police permit, Helu was not able to fight and trish Vaka stepped in on 3 days notice. Geovana won the fight by Unanimous decision, winning every round and dominating the fight.
World Title Shot
On 17th of December 2018, it was announced that Peres will be going against Lani Daniels in a rematch for the WBO World Light Heavyweight title. The event took place on 30th of March 2018 in Auckland New Zealand. Geovana Peres won the inuguarl WBO World title by unanimous decision in front of a sold out crowd.
Amateur Boxing Titles
Professional Boxing Titles
- New Zealand National Boxing Federation
- New Zealand National Light Heavyweight Title
- Professional Boxing Commission New Zealand
- New Zealand National Light Heavyweight Title (174¾ Ibs)
- World Boxing Organisation
- World Light Heavyweight Title (172 Ibs)
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|8 fights||7 wins||1 loss|
|8||Win||7–1||Lani Daniels||UD||10||30 Mar 2018||SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand||For vacant WBO female light heavyweight title|
|7||Win||6–1||Trish Vaka||UD||6||6 Dec 2018||Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland, New Zealand|
|6||Win||5–1||Lani Daniels||SD||10||16 Mar 2018||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||Defended New Zealand National (PBCNZ version) Light Heavyweight title|
|5||Win||4–1||Tessa Tualevao||UD||4||14 Dec 2017||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand|||
|4||Win||3–1||Trish Vaka||UD||8||13 Oct 2017||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||vacant New Zealand national (PBCNZ version) Light Heavyweight title|
|3||Win||2–1||Tessa Tualevao||UD||4||1 Jul 2017||Manurewa Netball Centre, Manurewa, New Zealand|||
|2||Win||1–1||Nailini Helu||UD||8||21 Apr 2017||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||vacant New Zealand National (NZNBF version) Light Heavyweight title|
|1||Lose||0–1||Sarah Long||UD||4||10 Mar 2017||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||Professional debut|
In 2012, Geovana Peres was credited for contributing to research at Auckland University at their Liggins Institute. The research was about pregnant obese women exercising during pregnancy and the effects on the offspring and their own health. Peres was the assistant physiologist for the research. The Research article was released in 2014.
In July 2018, Geovana Peres became a New Zealand citizen.
Awards and recognitions
- 2018 New Zealand LGBTI Awards Sports Personality of the Year (Nominated)
- "Recap: Geovana Peres v Lani Daniels - WBO women's light-heavyweight title clash". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- "FIGHTING STRONG FOR BOXING TITLE". Gay Express New Zealand. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Geovana Peres". PrideNZ. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Ringside Fight Night 13 Fight 1 - TEUILA 'BUTTERFLY' LAIKA VS GEOVANA 'SHIELD-MAIDEN' PERES". Youtube. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Sarah Long Named as Opponent for Alrie Meleisea in Bid for NZ Heavyweight Title". Women of Boxing. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Alrie Meleisea defeats Nailini Helu at ABA Stadium". World Boxing News. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Alrie Meleisea vs. Sarah Long is On". Women boxing. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Nailini Helu handed NZNBF title chance on April 21". World Boxing News. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "New Zealand celebrates first LGBT champion in Geovana Peres". World Boxing News. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Cancer survivor talks about struggle with sexuality in boxing industry". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Peres makes impressive Performance/Wilson Debuts". Women Boxing. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Geovana Peres goes for second Title". New Zealand Fighter. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
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- "Geovana Peres wins second NZ title". New Zealand Fighter. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Main Event: Tessa Tualevao (78.5kg) vs Geovana Peres (77.4kg) - Xmas Bash 14Dec17". Gladrap Channel. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Geovana Peres makes impressive Performance ""Let's see what the future brings I love boxing "". Gladrap Channel. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "March 16: Geovana Peres Defends her PBCNZ New Zealand Light Heavyweight Title Against NZPBA New Zealand Champion Lani Daniels". Women of Boxing. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Lani Daniels targets Olympics after winning national boxing title". Waikato Times. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Daniels sisters making their mark in the ring". Waikato Times. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
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- "Watch Out World, The Championship Plan for New Zealand Heavyweights". Women of Boxing. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "New Zealand's Geovana Peres Cracks into the WBA Rankings at Number 5". Women of Boxing. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
- "Geovana Peres dominates late replacement opponent". World Boxing News. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
- "Kiwis Geovana Peres and Lani Daniels to fight for world boxing title". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
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- "Geovana Peres Profile". Research gate. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
- "Geovana Peres has become #1 in the WBA, in negotiations for a major world title fight". Gladrap Channel. Retrieved 7 December 2018.