Boxing commission confirms first program

THE Boxing Commission of Fiji has sanctioned this year’s first program to be held in October with the Capital City as the most likely venue.

BCF director Malakai Veisamasama said the program would be staged by a new promoter, who had submitted his registration recently.

“We have a program confirmed for October,” he said.

“The promoter had to wait for the Muslim fasting season to be over before he could start signing boxers.

“I can’t divulge any further details at this stage because of ongoing negotiations between the promoter and one of our regional directors.”

Last year only two boxing programs were held in the country and in the previous year, there were three programs.

Veisamasama said BCF had three active promoters with proper registrations to organise boxing programs.

“BCF is the regulatory body for professional boxing,” he said.

“We don’t promote fights. The promoters promote fights. BCF’s role is to ensure all rules are followed and the sport remains clean.”

He said the promoters were facing difficulties staging programs.

“Based on what they’ve been communicating to us, the major issues are lack of potential sponsors and cheaper venues.”

Veisamasama said BCF was hopeful more programs would be held later this year to keep the sport alive and boxers engaged.

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