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Nicila Costello stops Natalie Hills in second round to win Australian women’s flyweight title

Nicila Costello is your new Australian women’s flyweight champion after a second-round TKO victory over Natalie Hills at the Eatons Hill Hotel on Mar. 4.

Crossfire Vault – Natalie Hills

After a contested first round, Costello (2-1-0, 1 KOs) started to connect with big right hands and scored a knockdown of Hills (1-1-1, 0 KOs). After a standing eight-count, Costello swarmed again on the wobbly Hills with punches until the ring doctor stopped the bout according to Hills.

With the victory, Costello returns to the win column and took to Instagram to concede while she is not the most technical boxer, she is willing to be the role model young female boxers can relate to. She also asked George Kambosos Jr. to add her to the undercard of his upcoming June 5 world title defence in Melbourne against either Vasily Lomachenko or Devin Haney.

Look, I’m never going to be the most technical boxer, the reality is, I’m learning on the job… quite literally >>> but one thing’s for sure, there’s an entire section of the population growing up without role models they can relate to.
And if I can be that role model, for even just one person growing up right now, then this is all worth it.

Hills, who took the fight on 10 days notice and is the ANBF Australian Super Flyweight champion, suffered her first loss as a boxing professional. In an Instagram post, she felt she did well in the opening round but got caught in the second round. She congratulated Costello on her victory but noted the ringside doctor stopped the fight.

Every time you fight, you take a risk so short notice matches are part of the game to me. I fought for the Australian Flyweight title on 10 days notice and let’s just say it was not my night.. congrats to the new champ!

Thought I did well in the first but got caught in the second.
The referee didn’t give me a standing 8 count but the ring side doctor called the fight!

The event was put together by Ace Boxing Group.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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