Aucklander Pelea Fruean is leaving the Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest after being beaten in her second fight.

The 17-year-old, who is Joseph Parker's first cousin and competes in the women's 60kg category, made the final 16 but was beaten by Jony from India by a narrow points decision. Three judges had Jony winning by three points, and two by one point.

Fruean won her first fight against Tsui Hsueh-Tzu of Taipei by a wide scorecard from all five judges. Four judges had it by a margin of seven points and one by four points.

Fruean, the only New Zealander at the championships, is targeting a place at the 2020 Olympics in Japan.


"We are really proud of her performance," said Mark Keddell, New Zealand Boxing's high performance director. "She is a future star for us and we are looking forward to further developing her to get to the Olympics and being competitive there."

Fruean told the Herald before leaving for Budapest that Parker, the former WBO world heavyweight champion, encouraged her to get into boxing when she was 12.

Nicknamed the Phoenix, one of Fruean's biggest challenges is finding opponents; few women in New Zealand want to fight her and so she often has to travel to Australia for much-needed experience in the ring.