Police officers eye boxing dominance

The Covenant Boxing club from Solomon Islands (L-R) Jarema Ziru, Joshua O'oku, Henry Kia, Lemuel Silisia and their coach Nanovu. These boxers participated in the exhibition matches during the Sukuna Bowl boxing competition. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE gloves were on as the annual Sukuna Bowl boxing program began yesterday at Tuvasu Hall at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua.

“It is a contest that always brings the best out of the two forces in one of the most intense engagements of the competition, second to the Sukuna Bowl challenge itself,” said Police team manager, Sergeant Saimoni Bebenisala.

Bebenisala said the Fiji Police Force boxing team had plenty young and upcoming boxers and the best stage to test them was during the Sukuna Bowl Challenge.

“We have a new generation of policemen who have joined the sport, a new generation of boxers.

“Hopefully they will learn a lot from the two days that they will be part of the competition.”

Bebenisala said although the Police side was looking to test itself against the Army team which had stamped its mark on the competition for a number of years.

“The army boxers are the pillars of boxing for the defence forces.

“With the strenuous preparation our boxers have gone through, hopefully we can shake those pillars over the next two days.”

Preliminary rounds were fought yesterday before the finals resume today at Tuvasu Hall, QEB in Nabua.

Some results
60kg Lightwelterweight: Zoyeb Ali (Police) – won by unanimous decision.
64kg Lightwelterweight: Jone Kaloulagilagi (Police) – won by knockout
(round 3).
64kg Lightwelterweight: Vilimoni Drotini (Army) – won by split decision.
69kg Welterweight: Jiko Rokobuli (Army) – won by knockout (round 1).
69kg Welterweight: Mosese (Police) – won by unanimous decision.

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