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Nawai stops Tabuarua in the first round

Maciu Malo
Monday, August 14, 2017

FIJIAN boxing rising star Siliveni Nawai recorded the fastest fight of his career when he knocked out Pita Tabuarua in 35 seconds of the first round during the Kiran Boxing Promotion program held at Lawaqa Park on Saturday night.

The fight was a mismatch as Nawai's first punch —— a left hook landed on Tabuarua's jaw that sent his opponent to the canvas.

Tabuarua, 47, failed to stand up after the referee's count as Nawai maintained his eight professional fights unbeaten run.

Nawai said he was surprised with the early win because he was expecting a good battle from Tabuarua.

"In fact my plan was to end the fight early after a few rounds unfortunately my first big punch in the first round did the job," he said.

"I have trained hard for this fight knowing Pita is an experienced boxer.

"I feel sorry for Tabuarua about his age but I thank him for having the guts to make his return in the ring."

The 23-year-old said he was willing to challenge any boxer in the middleweight division.

"I am inviting an open challenge to anybody in the middleweight division.

"My aim is to challenge all the good local boxers in the middleweight division before representing Fiji to some international fights."

Nawai said his aim was to improve the record set by his coach, dad and former boxer Isoa Neivogo.

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