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Boxing Set For Novotel

Boxing Set For Novotel
From left: boxer Razil Ali, Westwood Boxing promoter Praneel Dass and Junior Wahid Khan in Lautoka on December 29, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers
December 31
11:00 2017


Boxing fans in the country will get to witness a new era in the sport with the next promotion to be staged in an air conditioned setting with proper seating to be put in place.

This was confirmed yesterday by Westwood Boxing promoter and leading real estate businessman Praneel Dass who indicated that he has booked the Convention Centre at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay to be the venue of his next promotion.

For the Lautoka-based businessman, he wants to bring more professionalism into the sport and at the same time have boxing fans sitting in comfort and enjoying watching the fights.

“After a lapse of two years my promotion will be returning to Suva with an exclusive venue being booked where I hope to draw in more people and help in this initiative to promote boxing in Fiji,” Dass said.

“The venue itself is a very unique place to hold boxing matches, which is indoors with a cool atmosphere, limited sitting, with high tech and lighting system.

“I want to adopt the standard of boxing done by overseas promoters which will help boxing in Fiji progress. This is my main intention. In the main event we’re getting an Australian opponent for Sebastian Singh. This will be confirmed next week.

“The response of the public will be a factor and at the same time local boxers will learn from their overseas counterparts and improve on their form and performance.”

Dass added the aim for him is to organise regular boxing programmes.

“I believe that coordination of boxing in Fiji is still far lower so I am trying to make it a little more standard.  The main concern is to do regular boxing. Most of the current boxing promoters hold their promotion once in a year. If I organise five fights in a year I believe my boxers will be happy, they will be able to get frequent fights and not deter from training.”

The Westwood Boxing Promotion is set for the first week of February.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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