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Fight plan

Moiz Munif
Saturday, February 10, 2018

JUSTIN Kennedy, the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) supervisor, judge and referee says the battle between Sebastian Singh and Thailand's Jomyuth Sor Narongchai is a dull encounter.

Singh ranked 285 is scheduled to fight Narongchai, 691 in the main event of the Westwood Boxing promotions next Friday night at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay convention centre. Singh was to have fought Australian Brent Dames.

"The Thailand opponent is a nothing fight and will create no interest outside of Fiji, Thailand won't even watch this fight," Kennedy said.

"People should not be fooled by the unbeaten record. The Thai has fought seven times in seven years and two in the past four years and hasn't fought for 12 months and less than two weeks to prepare. He is ranked 691 in the world whereas Brent Dames on 260," Kennedy said.

"It's another black eye for Fiji boxing and a huge step backwards (the fight will be lucky to go three rounds) and this promoter is rewarded with another five shows in 2018 by the Boxing Commission of Fiji, the very same week they have been boasting they all want to fix boxing in Fiji, it couldn't have been handled any worse."

Westwood boxing promoter Praneel Dass rubbished these comments.

"This guy (Justin Kennedy) is pissed off as his boxer is not fighting," Dass said. Boxing Commission chairman Sara Bulutani Mataitawakilai clarified various claims made by Kennedy and defended the program next Friday.

"I disagree with our friend Justin Kennedy of WBF. BCF sent an email to all promoters and interested promoters to send us their tentative dates for the year. Westwood asked for five dates, Canada Fiji has confirmed four dates, while the rest are yet to confirm their dates," he said.

"It will be sad news to boxing in Fiji if a senior WBF official is trying to discredit us and the work we want to do in Fiji while we are in the process of establishing the relationship for betterment of uplifting the standard of boxing administration and officiating in Fiji. This is something we will try to address with WBF," Mataitawakilai said.

"BCF have sanctioned Sebastian Singh vs Joymuth Sor Narongchai fight with understanding the promoter has done all background check on Narongchai and also ensure Singh will be also on 67kg when they step on to the scale on Thursday February 15, 2018 during weigh-in.

"His record of seven wins is closer to Singh, but his inaction for 12 months is unknown to us nor his two weeks preparation. We gathered from Box Rec that his last fight was in February 2017, while Sebastian Singh's last fight was in June 2017.

"Westwood was given two weeks to look for an opponent so, if this Thailand guy only prepared for two weeks then it's beyond Boxing Commission of Fiji's control," he said. Aman Ravindra Singh, the team Sniper manager, said critics did not concern them and their focus was entirely on the fight next Friday.

"For us the speculations and negative comments have no bearing on Sniper's preparation or the fight which we are looking forward to. This opponent has seven fights and seven wins and we give him all the respect," he said.

"When you look at the last Thailand opponent (Singh faced) he was ranked around 650 and yet we were able to witness an amazing fight.

"We are going by the record of this fighter and we are thrilled."

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