16 April, 2018, 12:00 am
PAULIASI Ratu who was a former Fijian heavyweight boxer said the outing in Gold Coast should open the eyes of those in power, and boxing officials back home.
His message was simple – develop boxing and our young people will become good leaders in the future.
“I have been involved in boxing for more than 25 years. It is one sport that I have seen that can change kids’ lives,” Ratu said.
“We have more natural talents at home than most of these nations. Take ten talents from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga and they have a lot of talents from some of these countries. This is statistics.
“You have nothing to be ashamed of,” he told Hill after the fight.
“We prayed to God and this is what He gave us. We have nothing to be ashamed of. It was God’s will and we cannot stop that. It took us years to get this and he has put you now on a bigger stage. Accept it.
“We give thanks to God that He has put us on this platform. God exists for us. If this can inspire people back home and give us a gym and a national boxing academy for children and youths, this sport can be successful,” he said.