Kumar eyes bantamweight title

Boxing promoter Freddy Chand, Rahul Kumar, Ronald Naidu and Frances Rounds in Nadi yesterday. Picture: MACIU MALO

NADI boxer Rahul Kumar is chasing for his third victory and a shot at the Boxing Commission of Fiji bantamweight title when he faces Sheik Rizwan of Ba in the upcoming South Pacific Boxing Promotions.

Kumar says he wants to use the upcoming fight as his buildup to the title contest later this year.

He said he had been working hard at training and wanted to start this season on a high note.

“I expect a tough fight from Rizwan and this is a huge stepping stone of winning Fiji’s bantamweight title,” said Kumar.

“I need to win and I have been working hard for the past two months at training.

“Boxing is my hobby and I want to make a name in Fiji and most importantly to represent the country overseas.”

Kumar knocked out Joseva Lomia and Junior Wahid Khan in 2014 and 2012 respectively but lost on points to Saimoni Mario and Sachin Mudaliar.

He was also knocked out by Jim Nalawa in 2016.

Kumar said his ultimate goal in the sport this season was to have a belt around his waist.

Meanwhile, the fight is one of the extra supporting bouts to the main event which will feature Joseph Kwadjo and Savenaca Naliva.

The duo will battle for the light heavyweight title and both boxers have been preparing hard for the event.

Also included in the event is another title fight featuring Ronald Naidu and Rakuro Daunivavana in the welter weight division.

The program to be held at Prince Charles Park in Nadi will host 12 professional bouts and six exhibition fights and will also feature women and kids’ boxing.

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