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Boost for boxing

Josefa Makaba
Friday, December 07, 2012

THE appointment of Saki Veitogavi as World Boxing Federation's representative in Fiji and the Pacific is expected to boost the chances of our boxers taking part in international fights.

Yesterday, the Fiji Boxing Commission (FBC) announced that the WBF had appointed Veitogavi as their representative in Fiji and the region. FBC director Malakai Veisamasama said the appointment would not only boost the chances of our boxers fighting in WBF programs but also the opportunity to fight for WBF titles.

Veisamasama said this was a big achievement for the sport of boxing in Fiji and the region.

"We're very thankful to WBF for appointing a rep in Fiji and this move will surely boost the sport here," Veisamasama said.

Veitogavi said he was honoured to be appointed WBF's rep to Fiji and the region.

Veitogavi said he was looking forward to working with boxers in Fiji as they pursued their career in the international arena.

"I'm here to assist and facilitate our fighters in Fiji that qualify to fight in WBF-sanctioned programs or even fight for WBF titles," Veitogavi said. "Fijian Kali Meehan made his name known in the international boxing arena after winning a WBF title.

"And there are a lot of opportunities for our boxers to make it big just like Kali if they follow the right channel."

Veitogavi said WBF was internationally recognised and they were here to help raise the standard of the sport in Fiji.