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Chand to defend title

Arin Kumar
Saturday, April 12, 2014

ORGANISERS have confirmed all eight fights will take place in the Naidiri Boxing Promotions event next month.

Initially organisers had expected six fights but huge interest from boxers resulted in the expansion of the program and the accommodation of two more fights for the event at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on May 3.

Boxing Commission of Fiji director Malakai Veisamasama commended promoter Mohammed Rafiq and his son Mohammed Ali for their efforts.

"It will be worth the money for the fans who come to watch the program," he said.

"More fights mean more entertainment for the fans and good experience for the boxers."

Opeti Tagi will challenge Abhay Chand for the Fiji Middleweight title in a 12x3 round main match while Sailasa Moko replaces injured Johnny Singh in the 8x3 round main supporting bout against Wahid Khan, and Napoleon Taumoepeau and Mosese Kavika will lock horns in a 6x3 heavyweight division clash.

In the three 6x3 rounds supporting bouts, Franco Frazer faces Ronald Naidu, Anwar Ali takes on Sebastian Singh and Ajmat Manna will be up against Sheik Rizwan.

In the two 4x3 round opening bouts, Kunal Nair will battle Siliveni Nawai and Junior Manna will fight Rudra Nand.

Some amateur bouts will open proceedings on the night.

Veisamasama said the main bout would be one not to be missed.

"Abhay has beaten Opeti's elder brother Joe Naleca twice — once to win the title and the second time was 14 months ago when he defended it.

"So Opeti has a lot to fight for and his aim is to win the title and avenge his brother's loss."

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