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Naliva fights for dad

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

SAVENACA Naliva will dedicate his fight against Junior Roshan Ali next month to his late father.

The boxer from Sorokoba Village is the son of former national heavyweight champion Filimoni Naliva.

He said he learnt the sport from his father who passed away in 2010.

"I will be fighting for glory for myself and my late father," the 26 year old said.

"This is because, he was not able to see my fight despite training me," he said.

Naliva has won his first two fights by knockout last year and is aiming for his third knockout when he competes in the Wild West Boxing Promotion on December 1 in Nadi.

He meets Ali in a 12x3 supporting bout of the Pratap Asphalt Quarries-sponsored event at Prince Charles Park.

He said he wanted to become a champion like his father and he believes this fight will propel him into the limelight.

"Fans will get to see something different since I was learning how my elders and my dad fought and I want to fight like him.

"Boxing is in my blood and I want to become a champion like my father and if I win this by knockout, I will be known to boxers and promoters for better fights.

Naliva has warned his opponent to watch his words if he talks to the media.

"Actions speak louder than words so watch your words and come prepared," he reminded Ali.

"He (Ali) will be sharp but I will give him no space to move. I will round him up from the start and make sure this fight is one worth watching.

"I respect my opponent but he should not underestimate me when we face-off."

He has called on his family and friends in Ba to attend the event next month to support him for his match.


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