Boxing hopes high

Fiji amateur boxers and officials in Brisbane, Australia. Picture: SERU WHIPPY/ SUPPLIED

Fiji amateur boxers and officials in Brisbane, Australia. Picture: SERU WHIPPY/ SUPPLIED

THE Fiji Amateur Boxing Association is hoping its boxers would be shaped up and ready for the Commonwealth Games after going through training in Australia.

Association president Manasa Baravilala said Australian Gareth Williams was assisting the boxers.

“Gareth Williams is an AIBA star three coach and former Australian Commonwealth Games boxing coach and mentor,” he said.

“His gym, The Box Shop has nurtured and developed Australian champions (men and women) in both boxing codes.

“Former FABA president and 2018 Commonwealth Games referee and judge, Seru Whippy made the recommendation and arrangement for the team to train with Gareth.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to train under Gareth and he will be assisting our boxers and coaches during the Commonwealth Games in a few weeks.”

The boxers who would represent Fiji at the Commonwealth Games are Winston Hill and Jone Koroilagilagi Davule while Nathan Singh and Christopher Zoing are the reserves.

“Winston, Jone, Nathan and Christopher had an opportunity to compete in a tri-nation tournament in Port Moresby March 10. The next morning after the fight they flew across to Brisbane and are now at the Box Shop gym at Griffiths University,” Baravilala said.

“Napoleon Taumoepeau is an AIBA star one coach who will be ably assisted by Pauliasi Ratu, Fiji’s only AIBA star two coach in Gold Coast.

Napoleon has Olympic Games experience with Winston Hill and, with the coaches combined experience the focus is on the boxer’s optimum preparation and performance.

“I wish to record our appreciation to Fiji National Sports Commission for funding the Port Moresby trip and one week’s training camp with The Boxing Shop in Brisbane.”

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