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Boxing revival

Arin Kumar
Monday, March 03, 2014

WHILE the recent bad weather have forced organisers to postpone the amateur boxing program scheduled for last Saturday, the parent body is happy with how the sport is slowly spreading it roots.

Amateur boxing died for a few years because of mismanagement and a lack of interest but steps taken by the Boxing Commission of Fiji has resulted in regular competition being hosted again in Suva.

Programs have been held almost every Saturday since January and commission director Malakai Veisamasama is more than satisfied with the outcome.

"Major Samisoni Kafoa has been organising these programs and this is the first weekend since the Wellington 7s that we have had to postpone the competition," he said.

"But the good news is that the sport is up and running and we are having regular competition except for occasions such as this (national disaster)."

Veisamasama said the interest from the public and the boxers had overwhelmed them and they are looking forward to the programs getting bigger and better.

"Last week, there was a lot of people who turned up to watch the program and so we are having problems accommodating them.

"We might have to look for a bigger venue to allow easier access for the large number of people pouring in to watch the competition.

"And as for the boxers, they are happy that finally there is a ring and program for them to fight in because in the past, there were no programs and no ring.

Veisamasama said the boxers would benefit from regular competition, especially those who are taking up the sport for the first time.

"The boxers now get to feel what it's like to be up on a stage and fighting in front of a large crowd.

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