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NZ ref to officiate local bouts

Emoni Narawa
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NEW Zealand Boxing Federation referee and judge Faiyaz Khan will officiate at the upcoming Naidiri Boxing Promotions in Nadi next month.

Khan, one of New Zealand's most senior and experienced officials who has officiated in about 1000 bouts, is likely to control the main bout between Opeti Tagi and Abhay Chand at the Sigatoka Electric-sponsored promotion. Tagi and Chand will go head to head in a 12x3 Fiji Boxing Commission middleweight title fight.

Naidiri Boxing Promotion media liaison officer Mohammed Ali confirmed Khan would be one of the officials.

"His presence will certainly lift the standard of this promotion to international level," he said.

"We do not want boxers to complain that the officials cheated on the hometown boxer or anything like that, so we have invited Khan to come over and help support this promotion."

In an interview with this newspaper via email, Khan said he was hoping for a huge turnout at Prince Charles Park in Nadi where the promotion would be staged.

He said he wanted officials to be ready and confident while controlling fights.

"I would like to see officials of boxing fit and confident when making the spot calls as this is very important for an official," he said.

The World Boxing Organisation, World Boxing Association and Pan Asian Boxing Association official is expected to fly into the country on weigh-in day.

Khan was the referee in the bout between Ran Anton and Opeti Tagi last year.

The Naidiri promotion will be held on May 3.

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