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Vakalalabure finds joy

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, February 03, 2011

ZULFIKAR Joy Ali will face Tevita Vakalalabure in the under card of the Lales Boxing promotion program in Nadi on April 2.

The two boxers reached an agreement late yesterday with Vakalalabure getting an added bonus to challenge for the Fiji light middleweight title held by Joy Ali.

Boxing Commission of Fiji director Allen Harris said Joy Ali had decided to put his Fiji light middleweight title on the line.

He said the clash would serve as the main supporting bout on the program at Prince Charles Park.

Harris said the main bout would feature Opeti Tagi and Junior "The Razor" Farzan.

"Opeti will defend his Fiji welterweight title against Junior Farzan," Harris said.

"This means that Junior Farzan will have to step up to the 66kg weight division. If Junior Farzan wins the fight then he will have to relinquish his Fiji light welterweight title. This is because under the new regulations a boxer can only hold one title at a time. There will be two good title fights on the program which will surely draw a lot of interest."

Joy Ali and Vakalalabure fought once in 2003 for the Fiji welterweight title. Joy Ali knocked out Vakalalabure in the third round.

Vakalalabure made a return to the ring after a lapse of six years in 2009 against Joeli Naleca but the fight was declared a no contest by referee Vereniki Raiwalui in the fourth round in Suva.

Harris said they had signed up several other boxers for the program.

He said the middleweight bout between Joeli Naleca and Sailasa Moko would serve as an elimination for a shot at the Fiji middle weight title.

"Now Abhay Chand is the number one contender for the Fiji middle weight title," Harris said.

"So the winner of the Naleca versus Moko fight will earn a ticket to face Abhay."

The confirmed fights on the Lales Boxing Promotions program include: 12x3min (Fiji welterweight title) Opeti Tagi-Junior Farzan Ali, (Fiji light middleweight title) Zulfikar Joy Ali-Tevita Vakalalabure; 8x3min (Fiji middleweight eliminator) Sailasa Moko-Joeli Naleca; 6x3 min Aisea Naiti-Waisale Ratu, Fatu Tuimanono-Sefanaia Vakacegu; 4x3min Johnny Singh-Krishna Mudaliar, Ram Sami Naidu-Saimoni Ratu, Mohammad Shameem-Junior Rocky Kumar.