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Far out

By JOSEFA MAKABA
Sunday, April 26, 2009

JUNIOR Farzan Ali lived up to his boast -- knocking out Tony Lapizza in the sixth round in the draw card of the Naidiri Boxing program at the Vodafone Arena last night.

The tough little fighter was just too powerful for his Samoan opponent, finishing the bout with a deadly two punch combination near the end of round six.

As Lapizza knelt in the neutral corner referee Vereniki Raiwalui counted him out and Farzan jumped with joy at a good night's job.

The fight lived up to the expectations of close to 1000 fans as Lapizza was on the offensive throughout first five rounds, throwing all his best shots.

But Farzan easily blocked that, with his main weapon being his ability to get through Lapizza's defence and hit him with telling body punches.

That began to slow the Samoan down as the fight went further until the Nadi-based boxer unleashed the deadly combination that brought an early night.

After the fight Farzan said he did what he came to do -- to slowly build up his offensive and, at the right time, to finish it.

"I said I will knock him out in the sixth and that I did.

"From the first two rounds I knew I can handle all his big punches but I was waiting for the right time to throw my killer shot."

There was drama outside the ring as the New Zealand-based Ghanaian Joseph Kwadjo and Zulfika Joy Ali challenged each other.

Police and boxing officials had to rush and separate them as they started moving towards each other.

Other results: Abhay Chand beat Pita Tabuarua on split points; Sefanaia Vakacegu beat Atama Raqili on 2nd round TKO; Junior Roshan beat Samisoni Ledua on split points; Saimoni Ratu beat Mohammed Shameem on split points.


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