RITESH Goundar surprised many during the amateur boxing program in Suva yesterday.
The Uptown Boxing Stable slugger defeated Sefa Damudamu of the Raqili Boxing Club on points at the Fiji Sports Council Fitness Centre.
Navosa lad Damudamu was favourite to win the match with bigger body and stronger punch.
But he found his match in the form of Goundar who despite a slow start, ended the match on a high note.
Goundar is a welder by professional and a vegetarian by religion and he took up boxing to prove that even those who don't eat meat can be strong fighters.
"I am a Hari Bol and so I don't eat meat and one of the main reasons why I took up boxing is just to show that even vegetarians can be strong fighters," the 32-year-old said.
Hailing from Nadroga, Goundar said he took a tactical approach towards his match against Damudamu.
"I gave him the chance to do what he wants in the first round so that I could identify his strengths and weaknesses.
"And then when I saw he was getting tired, I made my moves and made sure the punches connected where I wanted them to."
This was his second win from as many matches.
His first win was by technical knockout on January 21 at the same venue.
"I just took up boxing around six months ago and train under Gyan Singh and Saimoni Taudomo at the Uptown Boxing Stable.
"I want to fight more matches and will improve on my fitness to ensure I get more fights."