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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.

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