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Fighters ready for Prince Charles Park clash

Maciu Malo
Friday, October 13, 2017

THE challenge has been laid, the war of words has erupted, but now the moment has come to put words into practise in the main bout of the Canada Fiji Southern Boxing Promotion at Nadi's Prince Charles Park tonight.

Boxing fans will witness one of the best boxing battles when the unbeaten Siliveni Nawai faces his former national amateur teammate in Naitasiri native Jese Ravudi in the super welterweight division.

Ravudi who weighs 70.8kg is confident of ending his opponent's unbeaten record while Nawai who recorded 70.7kg is also optimistic of his chances. The former Australian-based boxer said he wanted to prove his worth against Nawai and would do his best to fulfil his goal.

"I promise I am here not only to participate but to win," said Ravudi.

"Whether it will be a knockout or on unanimous point's decision — I am here to win."

Nawai said he had prepared well for the fight and was aiming for a knockout win.

"The fight will not last long," said Nawai.

"I respect Jese being a friend and former teammate but inside the ring it will be a different story altogether.

"He is here to win so am I and I will do my best for my fans."

Jese and Nawai both come from boxing backgrounds as their dads were former champions. Nawai is coached by dad Ulaiasi Neivogo while Jese is coached by Jo Ravudi. Promoter Mohammed Shameen said the fight would go down in history of the sport as one of the best this year.

"We want to promote and develop upcoming boxers through our program which is the reason we are putting these two talented boys to battle in the main bout," he said. "It is going to be exciting — this is apart from the other exciting bouts being linedup for the night."

Shameen said the program would feature two women in their mission to promote gender equality in sports.

Fixtures: Exhibition 3X2 round Lepani Levatia vs Timothy Lee, superflyweight 4X3 Aklesh Pratap vs Krishnil Prasad, featherweight 4X3 Rahul Aaron Kumar vs Sachin Mudallliar, light heavyweight 4X3 Filimoni Naliva Jnr vs Jn Isaia Maku, lightweight 4X3 Jim Nakawa vs Shaven Singh, women bout 4X2 Katrina Singh vs Mable Talei, super welterweight 4X3 Iosefo Cakaunivalu vs Tevita Seta, bantamweight 4X3 Shamal Ram Anuj vs Ritesh Goundar, lighjt heavyweight 6X3 Tomu Gaunavou vs Samuela Foster, middleweight 6X3 Malakai Marama vs Rahul Pillay, super lightweight 6X3 Junior Farzan vs Krishnil Mudalliar, women middleweight 4X2 Visila Kolitapa vs Anaseini Dakua, extra supporting bout; light heavyweight 8X3 Savenaca Naliva vs Sakiusa Mekemeke, main supporting bout :heavyweight 8X3 Vilimoni Taganikoro vs Napoleon Taumeopeau, main bout: super welterweight 10X3 Siliveni Nawai vs Jese Ravudi.

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