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Team Sniper plans to join WBC

Moiz Munif
Saturday, February 10, 2018

TEAM Sniper announced yesterday during a press conference that they will no longer be dealing with World Boxing Foundation (WBF) and now look to work with World Boxing Commission (WBC).

Aman Ravindra Singh the Team Sniper manager said they felt WBF did not act in a professional manner when it stripped their boxer Sebastian Singh of his title earlier this year.

"We are now going to be dealing with World Boxing Council (WBC), the better set of professionals and we are looking at the next title we can bring to Fiji. It will be the biggest title to come to Fiji," he said.

"When Sebastian fell ill as a member of WBF, instead of making allegations against the Sniper, Justin Kennedy should have done is due diligence and appointed another doctor if Justin and WBF had doubts if Sebastian was sick.

"Their theory was because Sebastian could not make the weight that he was not really sick," Singh said.

The Sniper was earlier scheduled to fight Brent Dames of Australia but had to postpone the fight as his camp said that he had dengue fever and will not be able to participate and defend his title on February 2.

Mike Croucher, the president of World Boxing Foundation explained why Singh was stripped.

"Singh has been stripped of his title because of a long overdue title defence and total lack of WBF title defence compliance, he is welcome to contest a title defence in a heavier weight division and will have to comply with our title defence criteria," he said.

WBF official Justin Kennedy elaborated further.

"It is a requirement to defend the title within 6 months, we gave 3-4 extensions as Team Sniper kept making excuses that they are having troubles without numerous promoters etc," he said.

In an earlier release sent by Team Sniper manager said they were not given a proper opportunity to back their claims.

"We are shocked at the premature decision by the WBF to strip Singh of his title without Team Sniper being given a proper opportunity to put forward our side of the story. In fact WBF stated that we were deliberately delaying the fight due to weight issues and unfortunately they could not get themselves to look beyond this issue. Team Sniper has decided that we cannot deal any longer with WBF, an organisation which lacks professionalism, common-sense of fairness and a basic sense of maturity," he said.

Kennedy rubbished this claims.

"Manager Aman Singh was not transparent and honest with us regarding the illness, he said in his email that Singh had dengue fever from Sunday 14 but did not tell us until Wednesday 18 and this was only advised by Singh's father Gyan. We wanted to help them so we don't understand what the secret was as we could have all worked out another extension, but Aman was not answering anyone's emails for four days and kept putting off flights and fees well before the sickness. I advised the promoter Praneel Dass that we will give another extension for the new date on February 16 if he pays the WBF fees by Friday 20 and he said thank you and would do so, the very same day Team Dames manager gets an email from Aman Singh telling him the promoter has advised the fight will be at an agreed weight of 65kg and not the super lightweight limit of 63.5kg and will not be for any title, this is when the WBF president decided to strip the title off Singh for non-compliance."

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