AGE will not be a barrier for veteran boxer Mosese Kavika in tonight's heavyweight fight.
These are the words of his opponent Napoleon Tamaepeon during the weigh-in at Foodhall Supermarket in Nadi.
Tamaepeon said the 45-year-old Kavika had a wealth of experience under his belt and it would be hard to take him down.
"First of all I respect Kavika for stepping forward to fight me," the 36-year-old boxer said.
"Kavika is well known in Fiji and is a very experienced boxer.
"Age is not a barrier when you have the experience and it will be interesting to fight Kavika."
Tamaepeon said he had prepared well for the fight and needed to defeat Kavika to secure a title shot against Fiji heavyweight champion Petero Qica.
"A win will give me the opportunity to challenge Qica for the heavyweight title," he said.
"I have trained hard for the past six weeks and I am in the best shape of my life.
"But again I take my hats off to Kavika as he is the only one that stepped forward to take the fight."
Kavika said he expected a tough challenge from his opponent.
He said he wanted to show boxing fans that he still had a few tricks up his sleeves to counter Tamaepeon's tactics.
"Another reason for taking up the challenge is to promote the sport," said Kavika.
"I thank the Almighty God for giving me the opportunity to fully utilise my boxing talent."
"I will prove my status in the ring and I will do my best to defy all odds."