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Naleca challenges Junior Farzan

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

JO Naleca has challenged Fiji's welterweight champion Junior Farzan Ali to prove his worth by beating him in the ring.

Both Naleca and Ali have been out of the boxing scene for more than a year and are longing to get in the square to prove their worth.

Naleca, who now works as a bouncer at a local nightclub, said Ali should stop fighting with "small" boxers and take on a worthy opponent like him.

"I am a middleweight boxer but I'm willing to shred few kilos to come down to light middleweight division," Naleca said.

"Farzan is in light welterweight and if he is willing to gain some weight to come up to light middleweight, then I will show him who the better boxer is.

"He has been talking a lot, saying he is the top boxer and all and I want him to beat me to prove he is. He doesn't have the ability to overcome me."

Naleca said he was doing light training at the moment to keep him in shape.

"My hands are itchy, I haven't fought in the ring for a long time and I'm hungry for a fight. I hope a promoter comes up with a program and includes me so I can revive my boxing career."

Naleca's younger brother Opeti Tagi is set to take on Farzan's elder brother Zulfikar Joy Ali in the Naidiri Boxing Promotions event which will be held in March.

The 32-year-old Farzan, known as the best pound for pound boxer in the country, has fought 32 fights out of which he has won 27, lost five and drawn two.

Naleca fought 18 fights, won nine, lost seven and drawn one.