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Singh wins by KO

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 31, 2014

SEBASTIAN Singh took a giant leap towards a regional title by knocking out Frank McDonald in the first round of their match on Wednesday night.

The match was the first in the program featuring Anthony Mundine and rugby player Quade Cooper.

The feeling alone of opening for a renowned fighter like Mundine and star playmaker Cooper was exhilarating and unnerving but Singh overcame the feeling when the opening bell sounded.

He said they did their homework on McDonald before stepping into the ring.

"He is just starting his boxing career like me but he is a champion kick-boxer and won 21 of his 25 fights," the 19-year-old said.

"But he has lost all of his boxing matches by knockout and so my father Gyan Singh made me work on power and timing.

"And so when the bell rang, I timed his move and evaded his punches and then I hit a well-timed body shot that connected."

The defeat was McDonald's fifth successive loss via knockout and could signal the end of his boxing career.

Singh said he would come back to Fiji to complete his education at the Fiji National University before looking for more overseas fights.

"After the match, a lot of people offered me fights and some said I could win a regional title but the matches would conflict with my education so I will give priority to my education.

"I will finish studies by the end of this year and if there is a fight in Fiji, I will take it but no more overseas fights until November for me."

Uptown Boxing Stable spokesperson Atulesh Prasad said Singh has a bright future in the sport.

"He is a very new boxer but has jumped right in at the deep end," he said.

"We have put him against four superb opponents and he has beaten three of them."

Cooper went on to beat Warren Tresidder via technical knockout in the fourth round while Mundine beat his opponent Gunner Jackson via unanimous decision.

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