Olympian boxer Hill turning professional

Winston Hill with his weight vest at the Boxfit gym in Toorak, Suva, yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Fiji’s top amateur boxer Winston Hill is turning professional.

Hill said he had received four invitations to fight professionally.

“Some boxers are eager to fight me and I am looking forward to the new challenge,” he said.

“I am gearing up to be a professional.

The goal was to represent Fiji in the Olympics and it was a humbling journey.

“I am ready to go into the professional ranks to compete with those athletes. It will be a new ball game where I can still represent Fiji in the international stage.

“I have been training through the lockdown and I want to see which promoters can present the best options for me to make a big statement in local professional boxing.”

The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist was happy when Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced the return of contact sports on Sunday.

“I am calling on local boxers and young people who are keen to get into the ring.

“Before we get in to the New Year, I encourage young boxers to train and get their minds and bodies prepared because it’s not easy going into the ring.

“You will be tested inside the ring and it will show. ‘I can go up to five fights and stil go back to amateur, so when the opportunity finds itself. I want to represent Fiji again in the amateur ranks.”

Boxing is among sports that have been given permission to hold competitions.

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