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Big plus for boxing

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

THE Fiji Sports Council has taken a huge step for the development of sports in the country by becoming Fiji's newest boxing promoters.

This was confirmed by Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) director Malakai Veisamasama who said they had accepted the application and the news was a big plus for sports in general.

"To be a promoter is the most difficult component of boxing, because you have to invest your money wisely in a drawcard program," he said.

"The advantages for boxing as a whole, with the Fiji Sports Council coming in as a promoter, is enormous and something that was never experienced in Fiji in the past.

"You see all this time; promoters have operated as individuals or as a family unit and not as an organisation."

Veisamasama added a small time promoter from New York had also expressed interest in having a promotion in Fiji this year.

"We have done our ground checks and the New York promoter is part of the big World Boxing Council family as a trainer/promoter.

"Once again, should he come and promote in Fiji or not, we have a link to the world body to tap on and to see how things are done at that level.

"Together, we are currently working on the necessary details and requirements as an investor and once things are in place, we are keeping our fingers crossed he can stage a program in Fiji."

He said they were working on assisting the council put a program once they agreed on a date.

"You see in today's world of boxing, the big promotional companies like Oscar Dela Hoya's Golden Boxing Promotions, Mayweather's Promotions, Manny Packman Promotions, Bernand Hopkings Promotions and Shane Mosley Promotions to name a few, operate as an organisation or company.

"The promotional companies have a board, a CEO, and events department, a marketing and operational section and so on.

"The Fiji Sports Council not only has that but more, like venues, own ring, own e-ticket system and poster."

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