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Amateur boxing kicks off Sukuna battle

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

THE 2013 BSP Life Sukuna Bowl challenge started off with a bang at the Civic Centre in Suva yesterday.

Boxers from the two disciplined forces, the Fiji Police and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, took the stage to pit their talent in the square.

Ten bouts were held yesterday with five going to Police and the other five to Army.

The semi-finals will be held today before the competition finishes with finals later in the afternoon. Boxing program co-ordinator Joseph Low said the skills displayed by both forces improved annually.

"We are trying to revive amateur boxing and we are trying our best through the disciplined forces to initiate this move so we can get back to the limelight where Fiji was once in the South Pacific," he said.

"So our Fiji Amateur Boxing Association committee is working really hard to see this is achieved in the near future."

Low anticipates better performance from the two teams in the finals today.

"We should see more spectacular boxing especially in the semis where the top boxers from each disciplined forces will be participating."


Light Welterweight 64kg Demesi Kadei (FPF) beat Biu Ramise (unanimous); Welterweight 69kg Jone Mau (FPF) beat Metui Rarawa (unanimous); Middleweight 75kg Isaia Raqila (RFMF) beat Isaia Raqila (split points); Alipate Tawakilai (FPF) beat Eroni Ligaloa (TKO); Light Heavyweight 81kg Jope Naqio (RFMF) beat Isimeli Mocevakaca (unanimous); Jale Ma'afu (RFMF) beat Ilaitia Pasi (TKO); Heavyweight 91kg Manasa Rakatoni (FPF) beat Sakiusa Masisiwa (TKO), Penaia Koroiratu (RFMF) beat Atonio Racika (split decision); Super Heavyweight 91+kg Jone Kotobalavu (RFMF) beat Maika Tabua (split decision); Ilaitia Sauturaga (FPF) beat Jemesa Waqamaitoga (unanimous)