Boxers eye north rumble

A GROUP of Labasa boxers were yesterday reminded to shape up before they feature in the Vanua Levu Rumble promotion.

The program is organised by the Canada Fiji Southern Boxing Promotions and it will be held at the Subrail Park in Labasa on December 16.

Former amatuer champion Emitai Bulivakarua, who now resides in Labasa, told boxers to work with their promoters and elevate boxing in the North.

“This program should be a stepping stone for a good future for boxing in Vanua Levu,” he said.

“This is a door to more opportunities of travelling overseas for a contract and another way to earn money and support your families.”

Bulivakarua encouraged boxers to prepare well before the program started.

“Always keep in mind to prepare well before you fight which means you have to give all your hundred per cent when you go out to train,” he said.

“The only way to market yourself is to train hard and develop your skills.”

Promoter Simon Naushad has picked a group of Labasa boxers with the likes of Tevita Seta, Shaven Singh and Krishnil Chand who will contest in professional fights.

“They deserve a place and that is why we have travelled to the North so you can all be part of this opportunity,” he said.

“We want to bring back Fiji’s golden boxing era and as a promoter, we want the people of Vanua Levu to be part of it.”

Naushad said the program would be an opportunity for everyone on Vanua Levu to get on board and showcase their boxing talents.

Meanwhile, women in the North had been encouraged to take up boxing as part of self-defence.

Naushad said: “Women are known to be the most vulnerable lot in every community, so with this program, we can assure women that they could also come out as good as any man fighter.”

Naushad said they had received a lot of feedback from women after their first boxing program in Nadi in June.

“We need more women.”

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