Sere shows class

Referee Faiyaz Khan stops the fight as Ratu Rakuro goes down on the deck against Vanuatu's Roy Sere in the 8x3 Welterweight division boxing competition at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

VANUATU’S 2017 Pacific Mini Games gold medalist Roy Sere showed his class as a rising star in the professional arena decking the highly fancied Rakuro Daunivavana twice on his way to a third round technical knockout victory during the supporting bout of the Best Boxing Promotions Program.

Sere who won gold medal in the light welterweight division beating John Ume of Papua New Guinea, was surprised by Daunivavana who came out firing from the opening bell with a flurry of punches.

The visitor retaliated but this did not stop Daunivavana who seemed to be after an early finish.

After being on the receiving end in the first two rounds Sere steadied himself in the third. He unleashed a swinging left which struck Daunivavana who fell backward on the canvas.

Referee Faiyaz Khan gave Daunivavana the mandatory count as he stepped back up on his feet. Daunivavana looked dazed after the blow but continued on. Sere caught Daunivavana with another left and he fell awkwardly twisting his left knee.

With Daunivavana writhing in pain and unable to get up, Khan stopped the contest in 1 minute 31 seconds. Soon after the bout Sere issued a challenge saying he was ready to take on any boxer in Fiji in the welterweight or super welterweight division.

This was Sere’s second professional fight of his career.

He defeated Naitasiri’s Saimoni Ratu on his debut earlier this year. Daunivavana said he did not expect the fight to finish as it happened after impressive performances against Sebastian Singh and Krishna Mudaliar this year.

“I accept the defeat and congratulations to Roy because a win is a win and a loss is a loss,” he said.

“I’m ready for the rematch but I’m still waiting for Sebastian to come and fight me in the super welterweight division.

“I know that he has not been able to make that weight but if any promoter out there wants this showdown then I’m ready.”

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