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Joy gets his wish

AMIT RAJ
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

TALKS are in progress for a boxing rematch between Fiji champion Joy 'The Jet' Ali and Tevita Vakalalabure.

Ali, who has never lost to a local opponent in his 16-year career, punished Vakalalabure in 2003 with a third round knockout during a Fiji welterweight title fight in Sigatoka.

The 32-year-old holds the Fiji light middleweight title (69kg) but has featured in a number of middleweight (72kg) and super middleweight (76kg) bouts as well.

Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) acting chairman Sakaraia Tuva said since Ali was the champion, he would have the final say if he wanted to fight Vakalalabure.

"The fight is on the table. Vakalalabure and his trainer Buli Raiwalui have been talking to me since last year.

"If Joy agrees then we can have this fight in April."

Tuva said the upcoming program by Lale's Boxing Promotion was initially scheduled for March 26 but had to be deferred to April 2.

He said Kwadjo, who had signed to fight in March was not available because he had a fight in Korea on April 11.

Ali yesterday said there was no local boxer good enough to beat him.

"He (Vakalalabure) can try but it will be very tough for him unless he has learnt some new tricks in Labasa," he said.

"I'm a sportsman and I believe in fair play so Vakalalabure should get a second chance to fight Joy Ali, just like I should get a rematch with Joseph Kwadjo.

"I'll make it easier for Vakalalabure because he has been talking a lot lately. In Fiji, I've been dominating three weight divisions so I will let him decide which one he prefers."

Promoter Usman Ali said he was negotiating with seasoned boxers like Junior Farzan, Opeti Tagi, Joy and Aisea Naiti.

"These are the boxers that fans love to come and see.

"We are talking but nobody has signed anything yet," he said.


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