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Boxing Could Boost Economy, Says Commission Chief

Boxing Could Boost Economy, Says Commission Chief
Boxing Commission of Fiji board chairman Bulutani Matatawakilai.
January 02
11:00 2018


There could be a bigger boost in the economies of towns and cities if they have proper facilities to accommodate boxing promotions. This was the view of Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) board chairman Bulutani Matatawakilai.

He told SUNsports that this is a source of income for local boxers and also for visiting ones (along with their supporters) who could boost the town’s buying power, which is good for the economy.

“Also, we can attract international fights and generate revenue by allowing other sports to use the facilities at a much cheaper rate,” Matatawakilai said.

“The revenue will help the Commission in managing the venue and a pool of funds for boxer’s welfare. An ideal option I’m looking at now is to approach a mataqali or landowning unit in an ideal location and proposed a partnership venture with them. Once that is done then we can start looking for funding assistance from developed countries and local business people as well.”



According to Matatawakilai, Kiran Boxing Promotion, Canada Fiji Southern Boxing Promotion and Westwood Boxing Promotion have valid promoter’s license.

Kiran and CFS will need to re-apply for the renewal of license in 2018.

“We are yet to issue Sudesh Kumar his promoter’s license. He will be promoting from 2018 as well subject to meeting the requirements set by BCF.

“Mohammed Shameem of Canada who was the director of CFS Boxing Promotion has submitted a separate promoter’s license application but there are some criteria that will restrict us from giving him a license.

“Apart from these five, many individuals are talking about promoting fights.”

Matatawakilai said the Commission is going to be strict with promoters.

“We’ll ask for a financial statement of more than $50,000 in the bank, police and tax clearance. From February we will advise promoters to give us the already packed 75 percent of boxers’ purse before the first bout start in any given programme.”

Meanwhile, the first promotion is now set for the first weekend of February at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay’s Convention Centre, The main bout sees Sebastian Singh defends the WBF Asia Pacific light weight title against an overseas opponent.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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