Boxing brings Shameen back home

Boxing promoter Mohammed Shameen. Picture: SUPPLIED

HIS passion for boxing and love for the country has motivated Canadian businessman Mohammed Shameen to fund boxing promotions in the country.

Inspired by the legacy of his late dad who was also Fijian boxing promoter Noor Mohammed, Shameen said the objective of funding boxing was to promote the sport and importantly to help Fijian boys achieve the best in the sport.

Shameen is the director of the newly formed South Pacific Boxing Promotion that will host the first program of the season featuring Joseph Kwadjo and Savenaca Naliva in the main title bout scheduled next month.

He was also the director of the Canada Fiji South Pacific Boxing Promotion that hosted five boxing programs in the past two years.

The promotions attracted the biggest crowd in 10 years when it hosted Sebastian Singh and Junior Farzan Ali – with more than 5000 boxing fans in attendance. Shameen said boxing was part of his life and his dream was to help local boxers revive Fijian boxing.

He said Fiji had produced some top boxers in the 1960s, 70s and 80s such as the late Filimoni Naliva Sr, Sunia Cama, Sakaraia Ve, Niko Degei, Ulaiasi Naivogo, Leweni Waqa, Alipate Korovou and Jo Ravudi, to name a few.

Next month Shameen will host one of the best boxing programs where the late Naliva’s son Savenaca Naliva will battle for the light heavyweight title against Joseph Kwadjo.

He said he had pumped in $30,000 for the promotion.

“I am doing this for my love for boxing because I want to continue the legacy of my late dad,” said Shameen.”

The promotion will have boxers such as Petero Qica, Tomu Gaunavou, Abhay Chand, Rakuro Dauvavana, Ronald Naidu, Jese Ravudi, and the Naliva brothers of Savenaca and Filimoni Jr.

There will be two title fights with Ronald Naidu fighting for the super welterweight belt against Rakuro Dauvavana.

The program will be on February 9.

Fixtures: Kwadjo vs Naliva, Ronald Naidu vs Rakuro Dauvavana, Abhay Chand vs Nereo Cakautini, Jese Ravudi vs Iisikeli Senidoko, Tomu Gaunavou vs Tevita Sete, Robin Hezelmen vs Robert Kustel, Petero Qica vs isikeli Navuni, Rupeni Nasaku vs Vitori Natawake, Serupepeli Vuniyayawa – Filimoni Naliva, Karina Singh vs Visila Kolitapa.

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