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Fiji fight for NZ boxer

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, May 09, 2014

NEW Zealand-based Taito Ratuere is one of the four boxers from abroad who have been lined up for the Twenty First Century Promotions program in August.

Ratuere, a native of Gau holds an impressive record in the light heavyweight division.

The 36-year-old has a total of 15 fights with 13 wins, one loss and one fight being declared a no contest.

Twenty First Century Promotions managing director Farmaan Ali said Ratuere had signed up for his program.

Ali said a world title fight would be lined up for Ratuere if he records a win in August.

"I will manage and train Taito when he is in the country," he said.

"He will come a week before the program to train with my team. Taito will have sparring sessions with Abhay Chand and some other boxers.

"We will plan out promotional work for him like holding boxing clinics for the amateurs. If things fall in place, then we may get him a light heavyweight title fight.

"If Taito wins the fight in August then we are going to push him for a world title bout in Fiji. He has everything in him as a boxer and has a very professional approach towards the sport."

In his last fight in April, Ratuere defeated Chris Rehu via a 4th round technical knockout decision in Auckland.

Ratuere is billed to take on Sam Rapia in his next bout in June.

Meanwhile an overseas opponent is being lined up for Chand after his loss to Opeti Tagi in Nadi last Saturday. Chand claims the result was controversial.

Ali said they wanted to build Chand's record to get him in line for a Pan Asian Boxing Association title shot.


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