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Commission defends decision

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

THE Fiji Boxing Commission has defended its decision to allow veteran Mosese Kavika back into the ring.

Heavyweight boxer Kavika is 48 years old and will face Napoleon Taumoepeau on May 3 in a Naidiri Boxing Promotions event at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

Critics asked for the commission to put an age limit on the sport to prevent boxers over the age of 40 from stepping inside the squared ring.

Some critics claim boxers have died in the ring and they don't want Kavika to be another on the list.

However, commission director Malakai Veisamasama says Kavika still has what it takes to deliver the goods in a match-up.

"We understand where the critics are coming from but age limits only apply to non-elite boxers," he said. "Non-elite boxers are those who cannot fight over the age of 40 but Kavika is an elite boxer.

"Over two years ago, he went the full 24 rounds against Petero Qica and he was around 46 years old at that time."

Veisamasama said Kavika was still competitive in other sports and his opponent in next month's fight was aware of his prowess.

"Napoleon is training very hard because he knows what Kavika will bring to the ring.

"We all know that if he was not fit, we would not have allowed him to fight but for him, age is not a problem and we expect a good fight from him next month."

Eight professional fights will take place in the promotion while some amateur fights will also be staged.

The main fight will be between Abhay Chand and Opeti Tagi for Chand's Fiji Middleweight title.








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