Boonraska Wants WBF Title
Thailand boxer Roonayut Boonraska aims to win the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Asia Pacific Super Lightweight title.
But the 24-year-old believes it will be an uphill battle to upset local champion Sebastian Singh in the main bout of the Kiran Boxing Promotions at Prince Charles Park in Nadi tomorrow.
“I am looking forward to this fight,” Boonraska said.
“I am the first Thailand boxer to fight here and there is a title on offer.
“I’ve been preparing myself for this fight. I know that Sebastian has fought in Australia. It will be tough but I want to take the title back home. If I win I will defend it in Fiji.”
Boonraska is from Ubonratcha, Thani in Thailand. He has fought 60 Muaythai (Thai kickboxing) matches and took part in the sport since he was 12-years-old.
He has fought 20 amateur boxing fights under his trainer Pramuasak Phosuwan, a member of the Thailand boxing team to the Atlanta Olympics Games in 1996.
He turned professional four years ago and recorded eight wins and three losses.
Promoter Ben Krishna said this was just the beginning and more title fights sanctioned by the WBO and WBC will be hosted in Fiji.
He is requesting boxing fans to turn up in numbers.
WBF supervisor Justin Kennedy, who arrived with the new belt from Australia, said it was a historic moment to have the title fight here.
“This is putting Fiji on the world boxing map. Roonayut is very fit, Sebastian is tall and not many fighters in this division are 5’11”. This gives him a big reach advantage,” he said.
The weigh-in is scheduled today at at 2pm at the Foodhall Supermarket in Nadi and is sponsored by Parawati Catering, Hotel Martintar, Kiran Palace, Indian Curry Corner, Foodhall Supermarket, Speed on Car Wash and Felix Bread and Cake.
Edited by Osea Bola