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Samoan wants to knock out Chand

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, November 30, 2012

SAMOAN middleweight champion Afakasi Pele Faumuina has been promised a title fight in Australia if he beats Fiji's Abhay Chand by knockout in the Wild West Boxing Promotions Program in Nadi tomorrow.

Faumuina, who has beaten Chand twice on points, is looking for a knockout in order to step up to the next level.

His trainer and interpreter Napoleon Victor Stanley said they rated Chand highly.

He said if Chand performed like in the previous fights then he would be in for a shock.

Stanley said Faumuina had been sparring with heavier boxers back in Samoa.

"We have been preparing for ten weeks now," Stanley said.

"He has been sparring the super middleweights and light heavyweights in Samoa. We are ready for the bout against Abhay."

"Afakasi has fought Abhay twice and won by points on both occasions. We are aiming for another win but this time it will be a knockout."

"There is a promotion in Australia in March and Afakasi has been offered a title fight. However that fight depends on this one and it should be a knockout win here."

"With all due respect to Abhay, he is a good boxer. But we have come here to get a knockout and go back. This is a small fight for us unless Abhay performs. Certainly we will do our part."

"We would like to thank Abdul Khan the promoter and the sponsors for staging this program."

Faumuina, 24, goes into the fight with a record of eight wins, one draw and two losses. Chand, 33, has 16 wins, three draws and 11 losses.