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Boxers to pay registration

Maciu Malo
Saturday, February 03, 2018

ALL professional boxers, planning to fight in any program this year, need to register and pay $50 to the Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) before they will given the greenlight to fight says, BCF chairman Matai Bulutani.

The commission, he says, has put in place some changes that will lift the image of the sport in Fiji, adding that local fights will also re-commence with title fights later this year.

"We are calling out all boxers to register with the registration fees of $50 per year," he said.

"We will not allow any boxer to fight if their registration fees are not paid.

"The fees collected will be for administration purposes and support promotions and training for managers, coaches, and trainers."

"We are still in the process of procuring new titles belts from overseas and they should be in before August.

"New champion for each weight division will be known from mid 2018 as boxers will have his or her name engraved in the new titles first."

Bulutani said four promoters had registered this year with the first program to be hosted by Westwood Promotion later this month.

"The Boxing Commission of Fiji is projecting a great year for the sport."

"A total of four promoters have registered their interest to promote professional boxing in Fiji with Westwood Promotions going to kickstart the professional boxing year on February 2 at Novotel Suva Lami Bay.

"BCF will be issuing three promoters licence by the end of this week. Looking ahead, we expect to have professional boxing programs every three to five weeks.

"The next five months have been tentatively booked by promoters, so boxers and clubs including the general public should expect a lot of professional boxing fights this year.

The only challenge we expect this year would be the availability and cost of venues."

He said individuals also wanting to officiate in any of the programs sanctioned by the BCF were invited to attend workshops and trainings organised by the commission.

"Good news to individuals who want to be part of our referee and judges unit, BCF will be organising a two-day referees and judges training in Suva from February 2-3 - in partnership with World Boxing Federation."

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