THE first ever Boxing Commission of Fiji amateur program for the year is being lined up for Nadi at the end of this month, says the commission's West director Usman "Lale" Ali.
He said the West Boxing and Wrestling Association committee successfully met commission officials, West promoters and boxers on Monday to discuss the way forward for the sport.
Ali said the outcome of the meeting was positive and a step in the right direction for the sport after facing "a slow death" last year.
He said all procedures had been followed and adhered to by the commission and the association and the stage was set for the first boxing program.
"A total of 17 clubs have been registered in the West and many new boxers have indicated their willingness to join the sport," Ali said.
"This is a step in the right direction to revive boxing in the West.
"We are impressed with the response from the new boxers and we're glad to host the first amateur program at the end of the month."
Ali said more fights would be planned for the season.
"We will have at least three amateur programes before staging our first professional program.
"Things are falling into place now and we are grateful for the progress so far."
The association's office bearers include Naved Khan (president), vice president Mohammed Salim, secretary Isireli Qoro Draunidalo and treasurer Aslam Ali.