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Victory for Taumoepeau against veteran Navosa boxer

Maciu Malo
Monday, May 05, 2014

NAPOLEON Taumoepeau knocked out veteran Mosese Kavika in the second round of their six round heavyweight bout during the Naidiri Boxing program at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday night.

The win has enabled the 36-year-old fighter to step closer to his dream of challenging the heavyweight title against Petero Qica.

Despite the win, Taumoepeau was disappointed with the referee Faiyaz Khan of New Zealand on his decision to stop the fight.

"I am happy with the win but I was disappointed that the fight was cut short," he said.

"I know that Kavika is a class boxer and he was skilful to last more than two rounds."

Kavika, 45, also aired his disappointment about the referee's decision.

"I am upset with the decision made by the referee," the veteran boxer said.

"I wanted to continue unfortunately the referee stopped the fight.

"I think this kind of judgement is a drawback to the development of boxing in Fiji."

Referee Faiyaz Khan said he stopped the fight in the best interest of the boxer's safety.

"I was close to the action and I knew and saw what these two boxers went through," he said.

"Kavika was struggling to find his breath and he would be in serious case if I had left the fight to continue.

"To see a fighter of his age being punished by a huge and powerful boxer like Napoleon would be unfair.

"I could let him carry on but safety is paramount which is the reason I stopped the fight."

Meanwhile, in other results Sailasa Moko lost to Lautoka's Wahid "King" Khan after referee Jerry Ledua stopped the contest in the fifth round.





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