Fights to remember

Humzah Khalid (left) battles it out with Sebastian Singh in the 10x3 IBO Super Middleweight Title fight at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

NEW International Boxing Organisation Oceania— Orient super middleweight champion Humzah Khalid (6-0, 4 KOs) from Australia outpointed Sebastian Singh (12-4-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night in front of a 2000 plus well behaved crowd at Prince Charles Park in Nadi during the main bout of the Kiran Boxing Promotions.

The final scores after 10 scintillating rounds were 96-94, 97-93 and 98-93 hence a unanimous points decision.

Fighting out of the blue corner wearing black trunks the 20-year-old Humzah went to work from the opening bell clearly demonstrating his urge and passion for the belt on the line.

He was disciplined, accurate and composed pressing the action and fighting according to a game plan well-conceived in advance rocking Sebastian several times during the entire 10 rounds landing punches upstairs and down at blistering pace.

The inside work was exceptional from Humzah.

When boxers tangle at close quarters the action usually drags to a halt becoming a bit boring and the ref has to shout the “break” command however Humzah’s inside fighting was as integral as boxing at long range connecting with scoring punches at a mostly defensive Sebastian either did not throw a combination of punches nor was aggressive in his approach towards the fight.

There were several possible rounds to choose from but the first and last were positively thrilling. Humzah’s energy, effective bobbing and weaving including his mercurial footwork were bitter boxing lessons for Sebastian.

Humzah thanked all the Fijian people for the wonderful hospitality adding ‘I am proud and honoured to be fighting in Fiji for the first time and thank you all for your support’.

Meanwhile in the main supporting bout for the World Boxing Foundation vacant Australasian heavyweight title 24-year-old Korolevu, Sigatoka resident James Singh employed as an aircondition technician at his sponsor — The Fiji Beach house on The Coral Coast won in the 7th round via a TKO as a brutal left hook to the head of fellow compatriot Jonasa Kavika rendered him unconscious for some time. The referee stopped the contest at 1 minute 45 seconds.

‘The heavyweight contest was a very good and clean fight, both the boxers gave 100 per cent and the way the fight was going it was pretty obvious one was going down. Both boxers deserve recognition for their efforts’ commented Allen Harris who refereed the bout.

Mulomulo Boxing Club’s Ronald Naidu overcame stylish Jese Ravudi for the World Boxing Foundation vacant Australasian super welterweight title on a unanimous point’s decision.

The ringside judge’s scorecard read 95-93, 97-92 and 97-93.

‘I thank all the boxers for making the program a success and also all the boxing fans who turned up in numbers to witness quality fights’ a beaming Ben Krishna of Kiran Boxing Promotions said.

Full results: Vishek Prasad of Nadroga won his welterweight contest against Rahul Singh of Ba on a split point’s decision, Sebastian’s younger brother Nathan Singh won via a TKO in the 2nd round over Nitin Lal in a super bantam weight contest, Ratu Dale Sauqaqa retired in 1m35s of the 2nd round because he got injured against Filimoni Naliva and the referee stopped the middleweight contest. Edriel Thein and Nikesh Prasad battled to a draw in their middleweight contest whilst Sosiceni Qiolevu won on a 2nd round knockout over Aseveresa Turaga in a heavyweight contest. All the fights were 4×3 minutes rounds. The sole 6×3 minutes middleweight contest between Isikeli Senidoko and Josefa Ravudi was declared a draw.

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