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Mudaliar scoops featherweight title

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, December 03, 2012

VATUWAQA baker Krishna Mudaliar was crowned the new Fiji featherweight champion during the Wild West Boxing Promotions Program at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday.

The 22-year-old defeated home town favourite Mohammed Shameem via a technical knockout decision in the eighth round.

Krishna was over the moon after being handed the belt which was specially flown in from Australia by the Boxing Commission of Fiji.

He said it was a good feeling to come out victorious from the bout.

Krishna said winning the Fiji featherweight title was a dream come true.

"I feel very good about winning the title," Krishna said.

"I was confident of winning the bout before I entered the ring. My trainer Gyan Singh had been pushing me hard every day.

"It was good to have Joseph Kwadjo as my corner man. He helped me a lot during training. I would like to thank Gyan, his son Sebastian and my father Arun Kumar Mudaliar.

"It was my dream to win a title and I have achieved that. Our last fight ended in a draw but with the hard work, things turned in my favour. I dedicate this tile to my father and trainer.

"Now I have to work harder to defend the title."

After an even start, Krishna had Shameem on the ropes in the third round. Shameem went down in the fifth round after a barrage of punches from Krishna. The fight was all over 2 minutes 38 seconds into the eighth round after Shameem received some heavy body punches and seemed winded."

Shameem's trainer Farmaan Ali said Krishna deserved the win on the night.

He said a slip up by Shameem allowed Krishna to catch him with some heavy blows.

"Even if the fight had gone the distance, Krishna would have won," Ali said.

"It was his day. Shameem just needs to tidy a bit more on his techniques."

The two boxers drew their first meeting in Nadi last November.