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Usman upbeat of boxing potential

Maciu Malo
Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOXING Commission of Fiji West director Usman Ali Lale is optimistic Fiji has the potential to groom future boxing stars.

He said the country was renowned for producing some champion boxers such as Fiji's golden boy Sakaraia Ve, Jo Ravudi, Alipate Korovou, Filimoni Naliva and Sunia Cama to name a few.

And after his recent visit to New Zealand, Lale said local boxers would be exposed to competitive fights against their New Zealand counterparts.

In a move to revive and boost the sport, Lale recently negotiated with New Zealand officials for boxing bouts between Fijian and Kiwi boxers.

He said attempts had been made for some New Zealand boxers to fight in Fiji in the next boxing bout.

"New Zealand boxers have indicated their willingness to fight against our boxers which I think is a huge boost to the development of the sport," said Lale.

"We have identified some boxers in New Zealand to come to Fiji and we are trying our best to identify their opponents locally.

"The main objective of the initiative is to promote the sport and at the same time develop and lift the standard of boxing in the country.

"This will be a huge stepping stone to groom upcoming boxers to follow in the footsteps of some top Fijian boxers such as Ve, Ravudi, Sunia Cama and so on."

Lale said the commission was planning to organise many amateur fights in the Western Division to identify boxing potential.

"The commission is doing its best in trying to unearth boxing talents and groom them for the future.

"Most importantly we want to expose our boxers to competitive fights to boost their confidence in the sport," he added.