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Big fight for Tagi

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, July 21, 2014

FIJI middleweight champion Opeti Tagi flew out of the country yesterday to prepare for the biggest fight of his life.

Tagi has been provided with the opportunity to fight against Australian Ryan Breese for the WBC Asia Council continental super middleweight title on August 15 in Melbourne, Australia.

The 32-year-old boxer will train in Sydney under youngster Sebastian Singh's international manager Terry Devlin.

The Boxing Commission of Fiji negotiated Tagi's fight which has been billed as a breakthrough for the commission.

If Tagi wins this fight, he will be ranked in top 20 in his weight category in WBC (World Boxing Council).

He is also set for the biggest payday of his career from this fight.

Commission director Malakai Veisamasama, who was at the forefront of this deal, said they were excited about this fight.

"This is one of the biggest breaks for this commission and we are looking forward to this. That's why we are sending him for a month's training prior to his fight. This will open doors for other bigger fights in future," Veisamasama said.

"We ask for the prayers from the boxing family bearing in mind Tagi has a family to look after and age is catching up on him and if he is able to win this title, he will be able to secure a better record and subsequently better future for his family."

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