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Joy wants better ranking

Amit Raj
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

FIJI champion Joy "The Jet" Ali is disappointed with Boxing Commission of Fiji's new rankings released last week.

A bitter Ali feels BCF should have also rated him top in the middleweight and super middleweight divisions instead of just in the light middleweight.

The 32-year-old holds the light middleweight title while the middleweight and super middleweight titles are vacant.

According to the new rankings Junior Maku and Abhay Chand are top in the super middleweight division while Chand and Sailasa Moko dominate the middleweight division.

Boxers like Vakalalabure, Chand and Ledua Ciri are ranked in more than one weight division.

Ali yesterday said he should also be included in the middleweight and super middleweight divisions.

"The BCF should look into this. In overseas, it's common for boxers to be ranked in more than one weight division because the actual weight difference is not that much," he said.

"I've been fighting for 16 years and I've dominated five weight divisions from lightweight to super middleweight and yet I have to put up with this."

Ali said since he had proved himself in all three middleweight divisions, it should be left on the promoters and not BCF to decide which weight division he should fight.

"I will raise this with the commission in the next meeting. I'm a natural middleweight and it's not my fault if I have the ability to make the weight for three divisions

"Since the commission was formed two years ago, I'm the only boxer they sanctioned to fight in the three middleweight divisions so I don't understand why they can't rate me properly."

BCF chairman Sakaraia Tuva said the rankings were based on performance.

"We didn't expect everybody to be happy with the rankings," he said.

New rankings

Heavyweight 91- 97kg

Petero Qica (champion), Mosese Kavika, Alipate Nagata, Fatu Tuimanono, Lobe Ledua, Alifereti Qiolele

Cruiserweight 84-91kg

Fatu Tuimanono, Sefanaia Vakacegu, Sunia Cama Junior, Pita Domoni, Simione Tui

Light heavyweight 79- 84kg

Vitori Natawake, Pita Domoni, Temo Kolitapa, Sefanaia Vakacegu, Manueli Delaitabua, Sakiusa Mekemeke

Super middleweight 76-82kg

Junior Maku, Abhay Chand, Junior Roshan Ali, Chin Sami Naidu, Tevita Vakalalabure, Ledua Ciri

Middleweight 72-76kg

Abhay Chand, Sailasa Moko, Ledua Ciri, Joeli Naleca, Tevita Vakalalabure, Samisoni Ledua

Light middleweight 69-72kg

Zulfiker Joy Ali (champion), Osea Nakanacagi, Waheed Khan, Inoke Tokalau, Kunal Nair, Waisale Ratu, Tevita Vakalalabure

Welterweight 66-69kg

Opeti Tagi (champion), Junior Farzan Ali, Aisea Naiti, Waheed Khan, Kunal Nair, Mohammad Shameem

Light welterweight 63-66kg

Junior Farzan Ali (champion), Pramod Pillay, Mohammed Shameem, Kunal Nair

Lightweight 61-63kg

Parmod Pillay, Kunal Nair, Saimoni Ratu, Junior Narayan Singh, Mohammed Shameem (Bemana), Jonny Singh, Ram Sami Naidu

Featherweight 57-59kg

Saimoni Taudomo, Rocky Kumar, Krishna Mudaliar, Junior Naivogo

Super bantamweight 55-57kg

Jack Ali, Mohammed Khan

Bantamweight 53-55kg

Mohammed Khan, Ritesh Gounder, Krishneel Mudaliar, Nawal Kishore, Mohammed Shameem

Junior bantamweight 52-54kg

Ritesh Goundar, Krishneel Mudaliar, Nawal Kishore, Mohammed Shameem (Navakai), Surjan Singh Junior

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