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New fight promoters

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

THE Boxing Commission of Fiji is optimistic and looking forward to a better year for professional boxing.

This follows the sudden interest shown by new promoters and interested individuals who have raised their hands to support BCF.

BCF director Malakai Veisamasama said negotiations are currently underway to have a program in either March or April with a Western boxing promoter.

"The promoter needs to first talk to the boxers, then present the matchmaking and then secure a date and venue for the fight to go ahead," he said.

"Secondly, with the approval of BCF West director, Usman Lale has been working on setting up a new affiliate association based out of Lautoka.

"As a result, it has brought a cross-section of professionals, businessmen, former boxers, sponsors and new stakeholders.

"But the beauty part is that BCF has found new promoters who have shown interest and would like to enter this industry."

He said the Lautoka-based affiliate association was slowly beginning to spread its wings in the West which had brought about changes to the way BCF ran things.

"All discussions and negotiations by any boxing stakeholder in the West must come through Usman Lale as the BCF director in the West.

"BCF will work with Southern and Central and the Northern divisions for now."

Veisamasama added they would work on improving the local standard before sending boxers overseas.

"I guess the idea and the story is to first strengthen the local competition first.

"When that is in place, then and only then we will look at sending our local boxers abroad, or bring overseas boxers to fight in Fiji.

"You may recall that after Opeti Tagi's recent defeat, the New Zealand National Boxing Federation spoke strongly about the performances of local boxers and we take that as a learning curve.

"BCF is extremely grateful to the new people who have come in, raised they hands voluntarily and are willing to talk with BCF."


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