Taumoepeau optimistic boxing duo will create history
23 March, 2018, 12:00 am
FIJI Amateur Boxing coach Napoleon Taumoepeau has confidence in Fijian boxers Winston Hill and Jone Koroilagilagi.
He said the duo would create history at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia next month.
“Our two reps Hill and Koroilagilagi are 100 per cent the best we have and they are going to make history in Australia,” he said.
“This is the only camp I have ever run when not one of the fighters to miss a day of training and it is those little things that you need in order to win.
“These are the best boxers I’ve trained and they have a major chance to bring us medals.”
Taumoepeau would be assisted by Pauliasi Ratu and manager Manu Lockwood.
“We have just returned from Australia where Winston stepped up to middleweight (75kg) to face the Australian national rep to the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games (James Hussein) in the Bahamas and completely dismantled him,” he said.
He said in another fight Koilagilagi showed his form and seriousness of winning a medal in Gold Coast.
“The kid stood six feet and two inches and Koroilagilagi completely lopsidedly outboxed an experienced Australian Luke Henry,” he said.
“Nathan Singh eventually made the team but I am very saddened that there where recent issues that have prevented him from going.
“I was hoping I did not have to pick the team and it turned out we could have taken him but things did not work out, I believe he would have won a medal.”