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Faumui after TKO

Josefa Makaba
Monday, November 26, 2012

SAMOA's middleweight champion Pele Faumui arrives in the country this week and wants a third win over opponent Abhay Chand when they jump into the ring in the main fight of the Wild West Boxing Program in Nadi on Saturday.

Faumui first defeated Chand in 2009 and repeated the act in Apia, Samoa last year.

Faumui's manager Jenkins Tesese said they were coming to win.

"I hope Fiji will turn up on the night to support Chand because Pele has no intention of losing in Fiji," Tesese said.

"He has trained well. We also want to congratulate promoter Abdul Khan and Wild West Promotion for getting boxing back on in Fiji.

"There's so much talent in Fiji and Samoa but without boxing tournaments, there's no development and future for boxers, trainers and officials," said Tesese.

The program at Prince Charles Park in Nadi this Saturday is the first in Fiji this year.

The fight between Faumui and Chand will be the main event of the program and is dubbed as the "Fight for Glory".

Under the watchful eye of trainer Asiata Napoleon Stanley, Faumui has been sparring with Samoa super middleweight champion Alema Sonny Vaele and light heavyweight Francis Mamoe.

"Abhay is a tough fighter and I respect him. But I'm too fast and this time I will be hitting him harder," Faumui said.

For speed Faumui had also been sparring with Tony Iapesa who was on standby to fight Steve Heremaia in Auckland last week before Heremaia pulled out at the last minute.

The Chand and Faumui clash has been creating a lot of interest as they have both declared that the fight this weekend will end in a knock-out.

Word from Chand's camp in Nadi is that boxing fans will see a new-look Chand in the ring at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

"Chand will be fast and furious," said trainer and martial arts expert Farmaan Ali.