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Boxing feat boasts the best

Josefa Makaba
Thursday, October 18, 2012

THE Wild West boxing promotion to be staged in December is expected to open the door to a new year of exciting local boxing competition in 2013.

That's the view of Boxing Commission of Fiji director Malakai Veisamasama as he previews the country's inaugural boxing program to be staged under the new boxing commission.

Veisamasama said the BCF had worked hard since its formation early this year and they're really looking forward to this first program.

"Since we came into office we worked very hard trying to make sure everything regarding boxing in Fiji is in place before the green-light is given for a boxing program to be held," Veisamasama said.

"While it has been tough for us we are happy because we have managed to put in place a system that will benefit everyone involved in the sport of boxing.

"Now since everything is set we're happy to announce that we have sanctioned our first boxing program to be held in December."

Veisamasama said the program to be hosted by Abdul Khan's Wild West Boxing Promotions would match two of the Pacific's best middleweight fighters.

In the main fight Fiji's Abhay Chand will fight Pele Faumuina in an international non-title fight.

Veisamasama says Chand is the best in his weight category after beating Jo Naleca in his last fight while Faumuina is the Samoan middleweight champion. This will be the duo's third fight after Faumuina had defeated Chand in their first two fights.

In their 2009 fight at Prince Charles Park in Nadi, Faumuina won on a unanimous points decision while last year Faumuina again defeated Chand on points in Apia, Samoa.

Promoter Abdul Khan said the program would be one of his best so far especially as the two champions from Samoa and Fiji would be battling it out to see who would be the number one.

The program to be held on December 1 will have one title fight which will be the Boxing Commission of Fiji Featherweight title between Mohammed Shameem of Nadi and Krishna Mudaliar of Suva.

There will be seven other professional fights along with five amateur contests.


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