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Taumoepeau: We Need To Work Harder

Taumoepeau: We Need To Work Harder
November 27
10:49 2016

Fiji boxing head coach Napoleon Taumoepeau was impressed with the performance of our national amateur boxing team after destroying Nauru 5-1 at the FMF Gymnasium, Suva last night.

Speaking to SUNsports Taumoepeau however added that even with the 5-1 win there is still room for improvement as they prepare for the Mini Pacific Games.

He added that they had to make replacements in the eleventh hour.

“We had two very last minute replacements and one of our fighters was pulled straight from the Sukuna Bowl and brought in,” he said.

“We had another kid who came in who hadn’t trained for two weeks but won on points but Nauru were strong but I’m happy with the team but still we’ve got a lot to work on. We are assessing the games for next year’s Mini Games in Vanuatu. So the fighters need to get good fights.”

Taumoepeau said 60kg Nathan Singh had to fight hard to win his second international fight. “He needs those kinds of fights to push him to the next level. We hope to develop our fighters for Vanauatu and this is one more step taking us closer to the games.”

Results: 60kg Nathan Singh (Fiji) beat Yachen Cook (Nauru); 64kg Harry Adu (Vanuatu) beat William Mel (Fiji), 69 kg Briana Elbourne (Fiji) beat Aizqaiya Dogupe (Nauru), 75kg Josefa Ravudi (Fiji) beat Francis Togagae (Nauru), 81 kg Alipate Tawakilai (Fiji) beat Claude Duburiya (Nauru), 75kg Winston Hill (Fiji) beat Fulton Amram (Nauru) UPD

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