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Referee Punched

Referee Punched
Referee Fatu Tuimanono stops the fight between Robin Hazelman and Kunal Nair. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
March 20
11:00 2017


The Boxing Commission of Fiji will be tough on boxers who assault officials.

BCF director (west) issued the warning after referee Fatu Tuimanono was punched by Kunal Nair during the Kiran Boxing Promotions at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday.

Tuimanono declared the fight a no contest after both boxers failed to show good sportsmanship in round two of the scheduled six rounds contest.

Nair was furious after Hazelman kept on punching while he was on the deck.

Tuimanono intervened to separate the two but copped a left hook from Nair who also kicked Hazelman.

“It’s totally unprofessional and we can’t afford to let this happen again. Nair landed a blow on Fatu too.

“The BCF will be looking into the matter and make a decision.

“We want professional boxers to act in a professional manner.

“If boxers come to the ring and show what they do in the backyard and streets, they would definitely face consequence. It’s simply not acceptable. If they cannot adhere and comply with the regulations, they should try another sport. Boxing is an art and we can’t allow thugs to spoil it.

“We are working on having judges and referees insured as it’s now becoming a risky business in Fiji.”

Ali said the New Zealand Boxing Commission insured refs and judges for NZ$1.2million.

Ali thanked Tuimanono, a former heavyweight boxer, for not retaliating  and kept his cool.

Edited by Osea Bola


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