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NZ fights for Fiji boxers

Maciu Malo
Monday, April 28, 2014

FIJIAN boxers have received a lifeline to fight some of the best fighters in New Zealand.

This is according to Boxing Commission of Fiji West director Usman Ali Lale after his meeting with some Auckland-based boxers in New Zealand last week.

Lale said two boxers had expressed interest to fight against Fijian boxers while plans are in the pipeline to send Fijian boxers to New Zealand.

He said Fijian boxer Tia Ratuere and Edwin Sami were the first two boxers to indicate their interest to fight in Fiji.

Ratuere has an impressive record of 11 wins out of 12 fights while Sami recently won the Auckland Boxer of Year Award.

Sami also recorded 11 wins from 12 fights and also had a stint in Thailand's elite school of boxing where he completed a course in boxing and kick boxing.

"Ratuere would be the kind of fighter Fijian boxers need to see to learn good ring-craft, discipline towards crowd and officials," said Lale.

"I spoke to him and he mentioned he would fight any Fijian boxer and also advice boxers on what to do one day prior to his fight.

"Like Ratuere, Sami wants to promote boxing in Fiji by coming to fight in the next program so that young fighters are educated in the sport they love to see grow.

"Both the fighters are 75kg, which should feature the best of Fiji's middleweight."

According to New Zealand Boxing Federation official Faiyaz Khan boxers like Tai were good role models for young fighters and Fiji should take the boxer for the next program.

He said the New Zealand Federation would grant a clearance after a contract was drawn up.

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