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Boxing Commission of Fiji warns promoters

Moiz Munif
Sunday, March 04, 2018

THE Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) says under their rules and regulations no promoter can bind a boxer to feature exclusively in their promotions.

Earlier last week this newspaper ran a story whereby 'Sniper' Sebastian Singh confirmed that he was in some sort of agreement and will only fight in Westwood boxing promotions.

BCF chairman Sara Bulutani Mataitawakilai believes exclusive binding of boxers will be a setback for the sport in Fiji.

"BCF wants to make it clear that it is not in the Boxing Commission of Fiji rules and guidelines that a promoter can bind a boxer for life or for a certain period. This will deprive the boxer from worthy fights and also deprive the public from watching top-class fights of our local boxers. This tactic will also deprives other potential boxers to be recognised when one or few boxers are given more attention and special place by promoters," he said earlier this week.

"We are mandated to make sure that all boxing clubs in Fiji and all registered boxers are given a fair chance to fight in boxing promotions. There is no first, second or third-class boxer or boxing club in Fiji. They have been considered equally. Promoters registered with BCF must adhere to the rules and regulations of the commission or they are free to promote elsewhere outside Fiji."

Mataitawakilai said they had been closely following the challenge made by boxers Siliveni Nawai and Sebastian Singh.

"Nawai is a registered middleweight who can also fight as a super welterweight, whereas Sebastian is a welterweight and has been fighting in the super welterweight category as well," he said.

"The boxers are willing to fight on an agreed weight category, which BCF believe should be Super Welterweight. However, we are concerned with two different promoters Canada Fiji Southern (CFS) boxing promotion and Westwood promotion taking opposing positions claiming one boxer can only fight under their promotion putting a wedge to this much anticipated fight. CFS for Nawai and Westwood for Sebastian."

While the BCF has pleaded with the promoters to let the anticipated fight happen, the chairman says they are willing to negotiate a neutral promoter if both boxers agree.

"If the two boxers are really keen to stake their claim on the number one pound for pound boxer in this category then BCF will negotiate with a neutral promoter to promote this fight for the benefit of the two boxers and the interest of boxing fans in Fiji," he said.

In reply, Westwood boxing promoter Pranil Dass said he was not happy with the above call and would be taking his plea to higher authorities.

"Now this is too much and it won't be tolerated. I am directly taking this matter to the Sports Minister and PM," he said.

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