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Arin Kumar
Saturday, February 16, 2013

SUPER middleweight boxer Joseph Kwadjo will change his fighting style when he faces Junior Talipeau next week.

The match will be for the vacant World Boxing Association International Super Middleweight title at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.

Kwadjo's trainer Gyan Singh confirmed the change in the fighting style and said they had been working on it for the past three weeks.

He said three weeks of training to fight in a new style was not enough but Kwadjo had worked really hard to master it.

"We have changed the whole training technique because in his last two fights he fought with his left hand but in this one he will fight with his right," Singh said.

"Switching from left to right takes some time and will make a huge difference in the ring but Kwadjo has been training very hard and has learnt very fast," he said.

The 27-year-old has not challenged for a title in the past 15 months and Singh said he was looking forward to the fight.

Meanwhile, the Boxing Commission of Fiji has endorsed Kwadjo's fight and approved his trip to Australia.

BCF board member Malakai Veisamasama said Kwadjo complied with the requirements.

"One of the requirements was to produce a work permit or citizenship and two was to register and be licensed as a boxer in Fiji after producing work permit or citizenship," Veisamasama said.

"He has complied with the FIRCA conditions of 15 per cent tax of his purse on return from Australia and he has signed an undertaking to comply with that."

Veisamasama said Kwadjo had set an example to other boxers who want to fight overseas and said following the proper rules and procedures would benefit the boxer.

"In doing so BCF wishes him all the best in his fight and we are grateful he is flying our flag in a very important fight in Australia for a recognised title.

"And we would like to thank his preparation by Gyan Singh and all members of the Uptown Boxing Stable," he said.

Kwadjo has fought 26 times, won 21 with 16 by knockout.


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