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5'8" junior lightweight Kina Malpartida was born on March 25, 1980 in Lima, Peru. The daughter of professional surfing champion Oscar Malpartida and international model Susy Dyson, Kina was blessed with athletic ability and beauty.  As a child in Punta Hermosa, Peru she loved to surf and participated in soccer, basketball and tennis, but she always liked contact sports and did karate from ages 6 to 14. "I loved karate, it was a big part of my life", she told Mike Altamura, "but then I stopped. I just started growing up and I changed my mind, but I still always loved it. And then one day in Peru my friend took me to one of his boxing lessons, and from then on, I loved it. The first time I tried it, I loved it. I thought, ‘This is for me, this is wonderful.’ Just the whole intensity of it, and all that sweating, and just committing yourself to do the best you can is what got me into it." 

Kina's father died in a skydiving accident and Kina moved to Australia when she was 19. "My mum was having a hard time in Peru, she had no money to support me at all and I had just finished high school. She was going through a crisis with her own ... mental health ... and I didn’t have a father. My uncle realized the problem we were having at home with my mum, and he saw that I was having a hard time, and he offered me a ticket to come overseas and study a career. He knew my life, how I lived, and he thought Australia would be perfect for me and my brother too. He paid for me to come over, he helped me out the first couple years."

Kina took a university course in business and restaurant management but also became a competitive boxer.  She had just two amateur fights (1 win, 1 disqualification after just 10 seconds for using her elbow!) before she decided to turn pro. 

On August 22, 2003 at Southport RSL Club in Southport, Queensland, Australia, Kina (139 lbs) won her pro debut with a three-round unanimous decision over another pro debut fighter, Katrina Harding (140 lbs).

On November 28, 2003, again at Southport RSL Club, Kina (133 lbs) TKO'd pro debuter Sharon Bischoff (135 lbs) of Brisbane in the second round. 

On April 3, 2004 at Shire Hall in Gatton, Queensland, Australia, Kina (128 lbs) won a three-round unanimous (29-28,29-28,30-27) decision over Leona Nicholls (126 lbs) of Gatton  who fell to 0-2..

On April 23, 2004 at Southport RSL Club Kina (127 lbs) won by a six-round majority (59-56,59-56,58-58) decision over the more experienced Holly Ferneley (129 lbs) of South Australia.  "She was putting a lot of pressure on me. She was always coming forward. Holly is a tough girl, like I seen her fight Sharon Anyos and she was pretty tough then ... (but) she looked way better when she fought me compared to when she fought Sharon. I saw that she had improved heaps."  Ferneley fell to 1-5-1 with this loss, which would be her last fight as a pro boxer.


Kina Malpartida wins against Mirelle Walford

On February 11, 2005 at Bronco's Leagues Club in Brisbane, Australia, Kina (138 lbs) defeated Mirelle Walford (140 lbs) of Melbourne by a four-round (40-35,40-36,40-36) unanimous decision Publicist Mike Altamura told WBAN that Kina proved to be the stronger fighter but Mirelle fought back all the way and showed great sportsmanship until the final bell.  He said that Kina dominated the fight even though she got a little tired halfway,  landing shots which her reach allowed her to do effectively. Mirelle  landed some solid blows which didn't faze Kina, according to Altamura.  

Malpartida later said that she broke her hand with her first good punch of the fight, telling Mike Altamura: "I felt like a lump in my hand, and just a lot of pain. And it was different than the pain I’ve felt before, because I’ve stuffed up my knuckle before, the first knuckle after the thumb. I’ve done that before, but it’s always been that I could keep punching anyhow. But this one was just like a pain that I felt that I shouldn’t be punching with it, but I did keep on punching with it anyway."

In 2005 Kina moved to California hoping to further her career as professional boxer by being closer to major centers of activity in the sport.

On February 23, 2006 at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott in Irvine, California, Kina (134 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,39-37,39-37) decision over Lisa Martin (134 lbs) of Oceanside, California, who fell to 2-4 (0 KO's) with the loss.

On April 20, 2006 Kina (134 lbs) suffered her first pro loss when Japanese-born Miriam Nakamoto (138 lbs) of Los Angeles defeated her by a four-round unanimous (40-32,40-32,40-32) decision, moving her own pro boxing record to 2-0. Malpartida was knocked down four times in this bout but still finished the fight on her feet. (Nakamoto, who is better known as a Muay Thai boxer from the TV series Fight Girls, briefly boxed in 2005-2006 and ran up a 2-2 record.)

On July 19, 2007 Kina (128 lbs) returned to the ring at the Marriott in Irvine, California and won a four-round unanimous (40-36,40-36,39-37) decision over Crystal Morales (5'5". 132 lbs) of Oxnard, California who fell to 6-7-1 (1 KO) with the loss.

On September 27, 2007 at the Marriott in Irvine, California, Kina (127 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,40-36,40-36) decision over Elizabeth Villarrreal (128 lbs) of San Antonio, Texas, who fell to 4-4-2 (0 KO's).

On November 29, 2007 at the Marriott in Irvine, California, Kina (126 lbs, at right in photo) was TKO'd by always-dangerous Ela Nunez (126 lbs) of Jamestown, New York at 1:02 in the fifth round of a scheduled six-rounder. The OC Register reported that: "Nunez came out winging wild power shots from the opening bell, while Malpartida tried to use her height and reach to land 1-2 combinations and keep her at bay. One of Nunez’s wild shots landed in the closing seconds of the third round as she dropped Malpartida with a vicious right hand. Somehow, Malpartida beat the count and got saved by the bell." Nunez improved to .5-2-0 (1 KO) with this win. (There is streaming video of this bout on the WBAN Member Records Site).

On November 20, 2008  at San Manuel Casino in Highland, California, Kina lost a hard-fought six-round split (56-57,56-57,58-55) decision to Rhonda Luna of Irvine, California, who improved to 13-1-1 (1 KO) with the win.  David Avila reported that"Rhonda Luna ...  needed a last round knockdown of Kina Malpartida to win a split decision. Luna and Malpartida started slowly as both fighter’s styles were not agreeable. Several right hands by Luna probably won her the first round as the extremely tall Peruvian fighter needed to gauze her jab. For the next three rounds Malpartida began to find a mark for her long jab and began peppering Luna consistently. At times a right hand to the body or head would land for Luna, but Malpartida began scoring heavily with the jabs and occasional right hands. Suddenly, Luna seemed to find her footwork and distance in the fifth round. Though neither fighter landed much, it was body work by the Rowland Heights fighter that could have squeezed a point from the judges. The last round seemed to spark both fighters but it was Luna who landed an overhand right hand to drop Malpartida in the corner. She beat the count but the damage was done. Luna forged ahead with punches from all angles but the tall Peruvian managed to evade too many big blows. It was the sixth round that proved the difference in the fight.   'I knew she was that kind of fighter,' said Luna about Malpartida’s ability to stick and move. 'I give her all the respect.'"

On February 21, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Kina won the vacant WBA Junior Lightweight title when she TKO'd undefeated local favorite Maureen Shea from the Bronx, NY at 1:35 in the tenth round of a scheduled ten-rounder. Malpartida caught Shea with a straight right to the head, sending her sprawling face down on the canvas. Shea got back to her feet after a six count, but referee Eddie Cotton judged that she was unsteady on her feet and stopped the fight. Shea, a slow but hard hitter with precise punches, had started well, scoring a flash knockdown in the first round, catching Malpartida backing up with a picture perfect left hook. Malpartida did not appear hurt and was back on her feet quickly but kept her right hand high against her head throughout the fight to guard against a repeat shot from Shea, After a defensive second round, Malpartida's confidence grew as the fight progressed and used her height and reach advantage to try to keep the  fight in the mid-ring and counter-punch while Shea pursued her aggressively. Shea went to the canvas midway through the tenth but it was ruled a slip. Malpartida then scored with several big punches before landing the right that ended the bout. (Malpartida was well ahead on all three scorecards going into the final round, 87-83,87-83,88-81, according to WBAN correspondent Bernie McCoy).  Shea fell to 13-1-0 (7 KO's). 

On June 20, 2009 at Coliseo Eduardo Dibos Dammert in Lima, Peru, Kina (130 lbs) returned to her native country and did not disappoint local fans when she TKO'd Halana Dos Santos (129 lbs) of Sao Felipe Brazil at 1:40 in the seventh round of a scheduled 10-round bout. Malpartida was defending her WBA Junior Lightweight title. Dos Santos was overpowered by Malpartida's lightning-quick combinations and went to the canvas more than once. After the fight Malpartida said, “This is a dream come true. It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me, and it brings me great joy to dedicate this victory to Peru. I dedicate this triumph to the poorest, to those who struggle, to all of Peru and to my father.”  Malpartida improved her record to 10-3 (3 KO's) with the win while Dos Santos, who protested the stoppage, fell to 11-2 (6 KO's). 

On December 5, 2009 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, Kina (129 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (98-91,98-91, 97-92) decision over Lyndsey Scragg (128 lbs) of Wednesbury, England defending the WBA Junior Lightweight title.  As reported by Jonathon Davis for PhilBoxing.com, "Enjoying a 5 inch height advantage, Malpartida kept her bull rushing 5'3" British challenger at bay with right straight jabs and occasional right left combos in most of the rounds. However, in the 6th round, emboldened by her success in their exchanges of punches, Malpartida pressed the action and pinned down Scragg in her corner, but as she went for the kill, she got caught by a counter left hook, and sagged on her knees for a mandatory 8 count, which was the only knockdown of the 10 rounds championship fight."  Scragg dropped to 10-2 (3 KO's).

On June 26, 2010 at the Jockey Club in Lima, Peru, Kina (129 lbs) won a ten-round unaninimous (98-91 x 3) decision over Liliana Palmera (127 lbs) of Monteria, Colombia defending the WBA Junior Lightweight title.  Malpartida was knocked down in the second round but won every other on the scorecards. Palmera fell to 19-7-2 (12 KO's).

Rhonda Luna vs Kina MalpartidaOn April 16, 2011 at Estadio Monumental in Lima, Peru, Kina (129 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (100-90,100-90,97-93) decision over Rhonda Luna (5'2", 130 lbs) of Irvine, California defending the WBA Junior Lightweight title and avenging her earlier split decision loss.  Malpartida used her footwork and mobility to control the action and withstood a late charge from Luna, who fell to 16-3-2 (2 KO's) while Malpartida improved to 13-3-0 (3 KO's).  

On May 19, 2012 at Coliseo Miguel Grau in Callao, Peru, Kina Malpartida (129 lbs) won by a fifth-round TKO over unranked Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth of Buriram, Thailand for the WBA Junior Lightweight title.  Nongkipahuyuth who has lost her only two fights outside Thailand and has rarely fought anyone other than pro debuters, fell to 11-2-1 (4 KO's). 

On December 8, 2012 at the National Indoor Centre in Kingston, Jamaica, Kina (128 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (98-91,97-92,98-91) decision over Marilyn Hernandez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic defending the WBA Junior Lightweight title. Malpartida went to the canvas in the fourth but dominated most of the action. Hernandez fell to 24-9 (15 KO's) while Malpartida advanced her record to 15-3 (4 KO's).


Malpartida's other pro sport is surfing.

Kina had surfing in her blood as her father was a three-time national champion in Peru. She competed as a professional surfer but says that she was more of a 'soul surfer' who did it for pleasure: "I never liked the competition in the surf, it was not my passion, it was because everyone encouraged me and gave me clothes and tables, but the idea of competing was what I hated more."

Kina lists her non-boxing fun activities as hanging out with her friends, going surfing, listening to music and eating good food. "I love my food. And I love the beach. I love the beach, playing a game of soccer, or maybe a game of basketball if I can. Just even doing a little extra sport outside of boxing, you know. Just doing anything that is active. I am very social too. I love people. People are one of my biggest things. I love hanging out, talking, having a laugh here and there." 

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