Fiji Time: 9:12 AM on Thursday 28 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Friends turn 'foes'

Maciu Malo
Saturday, May 03, 2014

THE stage is set for one of the best boxing battles to be staged in the country.

Organised by the Naidiri Boxing Promotion, it will be a test of courage, determination and skills as two best friends put their friendship aside in a battle to determine Fiji Boxing Commission middleweight champion.

Challenger Opeti Tagi is confident of wresting the title away from Navosa fighter Abhay Chand who took it from Tagi's elder brother Joe Naleca in 2012.

The Naluwai boxer said tonight's encounter at Nadi's Prince Charles Park would be Chand's most unforgettable compared with his previous outings.

Tagi said he was confident of avenging his brother's loss and would take the title back to Naitisiri.

"This fight will be an unforgettable one for Abhay," he said.

"I am here to revenge my brother's loss and I am ready for the showdown.

"I've known Abhay for a long time, he was my national teammate and best friend but tomorrow in the ring I will not treat him as a friend.

"I will utilise my skills and class to win the title from him."

Tagi said he desperately needed to win the fight for his family.

Responding similarly to the challenge, title holder Chand said his friend would be an enemy in the ring tonight.

He said he was ready to defend his title from his former teammate.

"We are best friends but in the ring I will not treat him as a friend," he said.

"I will prove my status as champion and I will fight to my best to defend my title.

"Tagi is here for revenge and I am ready for the battle."

The program starts with amateur fights at 3pm.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64280.6238
JPY 51.642848.6428
GBP 0.36980.3618
EUR 0.44320.4312
NZD 0.69720.6642
AUD 0.65220.6272
USD 0.48920.4722

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th July 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Chilling out in Chile
  2. Priced out
  3. Rent price concerns
  4. Missing livestock mystery
  5. Tourist 'was reckless'
  6. Ministry to upskill teachers
  7. $30m dividend record
  8. Row over clean-up
  9. Festival organisers set program for weekend hype
  10. 600,000 voters register for next general election

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sami's best try Saturday (23 Jul)
  2. Radio announcer in court Saturday (23 Jul)
  3. Tourist fined $400 for apples Tuesday (26 Jul)
  4. Fitter and faster Tuesday (26 Jul)
  5. Black money Monday (25 Jul)
  6. Allegiance switch Sunday (24 Jul)
  7. Student jumps from school building Tuesday (26 Jul)
  8. Reaction from 7s players Monday (25 Jul)
  9. Alleged rape victim out of hospital Monday (25 Jul)
  10. Alarm over 'illegal' property purchases Tuesday (26 Jul)