Boxing club eyes spots to PNG

UPTOWN Boxing Gym is not letting the chance of having its boxers represent Fiji at the Pacific Games slip.

The Fiji Amateur Boxing Association will hold its trial tomorrow night to pick an initial squad to the Pacific Games.

For the Uptown Gym, they will be fielding boxers in every weight category and they are hoping that their boxers will outshine others.

Uptown co-ordinator Sebastian Singh said three of his boxers had a good chance at making it into the squad.

“Akash Kumar who fights in the 60 kilogram category has remained unbeaten in the amateur bouts.

“He will have a tough night as there will be other boxers wanting to beat him,” Singh said.

“Sachin Mudaliar is returning to the amateur bouts. As a professional, he found there were not enough bouts for him.

“He is fighting in the 52kg category. Tom Gaunavou will be fighting in the 75kg category.

“He is a good fighter and we anticipate that he will come out on top.”

“The trials will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Hyundai Fitness Centre. Weigh in will start at 9am while the bouts are scheduled to start at 5pm.”

Meanwhile, FABA is yet to confirm on how many boxers they will be taking to Papua New Guinea.

“Boxing has been given an allocation by Team Fiji, however, the selection panel will determine on the number and make up of boxers,” said FABA president Manasa Baravilala.

“As you are aware the new executives were only voted in four weeks ago and because of amateur boxing’s inactive status due to the AIBA ban, we are behind all the national federations in terms of our team selection, preparation and fundraising. Boxing will find the levy to send a team to PNG.”

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