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Boxing plans

Arin Kumar
Thursday, December 19, 2013

THE Boxing Commission of Fiji has bold plans to help the sport get back on its feet next year.

Plans are in the pipeline to expose Fiji boxers to dietitians, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches.

With no recent promotions, Fijian boxers losing overseas and hardly any money to work with, boxing is facing one of its all-time lows.

However, BCF director Malakai Veisamasama is optimistic all that will be a thing of the past starting from next year.

He said they had realised where they went wrong, learnt from their mistakes and made positive changes to ensure it did not happen again.

"Boxing has moved on from what we know of it," Veisamasama said.

"It has come so far and now boxing has become science and everything has to be calculated and worked out in such a way that you make athletes who can perform and win.

"That is how we are going to look at it and take such an approach to make sure we produce good boxers and not just people who can throw punches."

Veisamasama said while Fijians were regarded as very good boxers with heavy punches, words and history don't matter in the ring.

"Our standard is around 30 per cent behind that of Australia and New Zealand and recently our boxers have lost in these countries to some budding boxers.

"From what we have seen, overseas boxers are being trained using dietitians, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches.

"That is something never tried in Fiji. We have the skills and resources to physically train the boxers and teach them how to punch but we don't have the right people to monitor their food intake, their brain ability and activity and their recovery after training and after fights.

"These are some of the areas we are going to look into next year to try to ensure our boxers are well prepared physically and mentally to go into the ring and last until the final bell or even more while taking shots to the head, face and body.

"I know it will not be easy but we have to start working on it now so that we can at least make some progress."