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Boxers lack ringcraft

Arin Kumar
Thursday, February 13, 2014

BOXERS in Fiji lack ring-craft, so says Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) director Malakai Veisamasama.

He said it was one of the reasons Fijian boxers performed poorly overseas.

And the BCF is working towards providing more rings for boxers to practise in.

"One area we are lacking in for the preparation of a boxer is rings," Veisamasama said.

"That is the reason why boxers don't know ring-craft, how to get in and out of corners and how to trap opponents.

"At the end of the day, boxers train to get inside the ring and if they are not familiar with the environment in the ring, then they don't know what they are doing in there."

Veisamasama said the latest increase in interest in amateur boxing had prompted trainers to develop their boxers' ringcraft.

"Mastering the ring is a huge asset and makes you feel at home in the ring during competition.

"The advantage now is there are two rings available for boxers to make use of.

"One is Napoleon Taumoepeau's gym in Toorak and the other that is open Monday to Saturday is at the Fiji Sports Council Fitness Centre."

Veisamasama says the advantage of the National Fitness Centre is that it's open from the morning until the afternoon.

"You pay the normal gym fee, you use the ring to practise ringcraft and you are exposed to the rest of the facilities in the gym."

Meanwhile, the interim chairman for the revival of amateur boxing, Major Samisoni Kafoa, has confirmed the next program is at 7pm on Saturday, with the weigh-in between 7am and 9am.

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