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Olympic dream

Emoni Narawa
Friday, August 29, 2014

TWENTY six knockouts in 26 fights, the Olympic is on the horizon.

That's the career goal of world amateur boxing new find, Manasa Raikadroka, commonly known as Manase Raikadroka.

The 19-year-old Fijian born in the United States is setting his sights on the 2016 Olympic Games.

And he has qualified for Team USA's Olympic Trial in February.

The Matamaivere lad from Namara in Tailevu who started his boxing career last year recently won the heavyweight division at the World Invitational Amateur Boxing Championship in Las Vegas last weekend to add more colour to his young boxing career.

Standing at 6ft tall, Raikadroka hopes to fulfill his Olympics' dream before turning professional, and he has been encouraged by his proud dad, Reverend. Doctor Inoke Raikadroka to represent Fiji.

Rev Inoke who is in the country to attend the Methodist Church Conference, told Times Sport that Manasa had taken new dimension in the sport despite starting his sporting career in American Football with his twin sibling Inoke Raikadroka Jr.

"He is very interested in making it big in boxing," Rev Inoke said.

"I've seen the dedication and commitment he has shown in boxing and he has achieved a successful 26 win from 26 fights, all knockout wins."

Manasa and Inoke Jr helped their Serra Cavaliers football team won CIF Football State Championships in 2012 before they parted way. Jr continued in football and Manasa diverted into boxing.

"Manasa has qualified to attend the Olympic trials in February. His goal is to represent USA at the Olympics before turning professional."

Rev Inoke said he had one simple advice to his son.

"When I saw he had the potential to box and it's his dream to be a boxer, the only advice I gave him was "David did not see any mountain too high to climb but he always looked to God for help," he said quoting from the Bible.

"I saw that he was happy with boxing and had achieved great results, then I just told him, to go for it. Last week he won the world invitational. I'm extremely proud of him as a dad.

"As a Pastor, I always pray for him and my other children. I always told him not to forget Fiji where he hails from when he turns professional."


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