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Friends fight for title

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

BEST friends and former national boxing team mates Abhay Chand and Opeti Tagi will put their friendship aside when they fight for the Fiji Boxing Commission middleweight title in this weekend's Naidiri Boxing Program.

They were part of the Fiji boxing amateur team from 2001 to 2003 and later competed at the Oceania Games in New Zealand in 2003.

"We are friends outside the ring but during the fight he's my enemy," said Tagi.

"Abhay took the title away from my brother Joe Naleca and I will use this fight as a revenge for my brother's loss.

"This will be a fight to remember for Abhay and I will do all it takes to beat him."

Title holder Chand said he prepared well for the fight and was confident of retaining his title.

"I know that Opeti will want to avenge his brother's loss in 2012 and I am ready for the challenge," said Chand.

"We were in the same Fiji team from 2001 to 2003 and we are best friends but on Saturday we will treat each other as enemies.

"It will not be an easy fight for both of us and I need to win to progress further in fighting overseas boxers."

Chand also thanked his opponent for challenging the title after his last win over Naleca in 2012.

"I thank my friend Opeti for giving me an opportunity to defend my title."

"I have prepared well for the past three months and I am ready to battle against my best friend."

They will clash in the 12x3 rounds to be held at Nadi's Prince Charles Park.

Meanwhile, in the main supporting bout Navosa boxer Sailasa Moko will face Lautoka's Wahid Khan while veteran Mosese Kavika will fight Napoleon Tamaepeon.

The program kicks off with amateur fights at 3pm.

Full fixtures: Abhay Chand vs Opeti Tagi, Sailasa Moko vs Wahid Khan, Mosese Kavika vs Napoleon Tamaepeon, Franco Fraser vs Ronald Naidu, Anwar Ali vs Sebastian Singh, Ajmat Manna vs Sheik Rizwan, Kunal Nair vs Siliveni Nawai, Junior Manna vs Rudra Nand.

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