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Nicilia Costello to fight Michelle Preston for WBA Oceania super flyweight title in August

Australian women’s flyweight champion boxing champion Nicilia Costello will look to add the WBA Oceania belt to her mantle in August.

Costello, who currently resides in Brisbane, Australia, was born in small town of Hawarden, in the South Island, will make the voyage home to face two-time world title challenger Michelle Preston on Aug. 5.

If she can defeat Preston, Costello (4-1-0, 2 KOs), who holds the Queensland State Super Flyweight Title and Australian National Flyweight title, can make history by becoming the first female to have won both the New Zealand national title and the Australian national title and the first person since Steve Renwick, who won the New Zealand title in 1985 and the Australian title in 1986.

Costello’s last result was a first round TKO victory over Hannah Morgan.

Meanwhile, Preston (9-8-1, 2 KOs), a fellow New Zealander (UK born) and five-time world kickboxing champion and two-time world title challenger, has made some history of her own, winning several titles, including the WBO Asia Pacific and New Zealand national.

Preston was ranked as high as No. 2 with the IBF in 2012 and 20 in the WBC in 2016. She fought for the IBF super flyweight title in 2012 and 2016, losing to Argentina’s Debora Dionicius in both fights. She is returning to the ring after a six-year hiatus, recently defeating Holly McMath in May. She was originally supposed to face Phannaluk Kongsang for the WBA Oceania regional title at Auckland Boxing Stadium, but Kongsang pulled out and Costello is coming in on short notice.

Costello did confirm directly with The Crossfire that the fight is scheduled for August. Attempts to reach Preston have not been successful as of this writing. This story will be updated if we hear back from Preston.

Update: Preston and Costello have since confirmed directly with The Crossfire that the fight is for the WBA Oceania title and not the New Zealand title as originally reported.

The Costello vs. Preston fight is currently scheduled for Aug. 5 at ABA Stadium. The ANBF Australasian title could also be added to the fight by promoter Craig Thomson, if current champion Natalie Hill decides to vacate.


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

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