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Boxing Needs To Change Course

The image of professional boxing in the country is now at its lowest ever, says a former boxing manager. Businessman Mostafa Khattab yesterday said sending our boxers to fight overseas
06 Nov 2014 13:55
Boxing Needs To Change Course

The image of professional boxing in the country is now at its lowest ever, says a former boxing manager.

Businessman Mostafa Khattab yesterday said sending our boxers to fight overseas is not the way to revive professional boxing in the country.

“I agree with Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) director Malakai Veisamasama that we should help our boxers financially so they can support their families,” he said.

“However, I don’t agree with the way it is done. Firstly most of our boxers are not fighting in the right weight division and have suffered knockout losses.

“They are used as stepping stone for overseas boxers.

“Look at light heavyweight boxer Sefanaia Vakacegu’s poor record but yet he is billed to fight an unbeaten Samoan heavyweight on Sunday.”

According to BoxRec.Com, the following boxers who recently fought abroad:

– Nov 16, 2013- Super middleweight boxer Junior Maku suffered a first round knockout loss to Sam Rapira in a light heavyweight fight in Auckland

– Aug 15, 2014- Fiji middleweight champion Opeti Tagi (who failed to make the weight) lost on a third round knockout to super middleweight boxer Ryan Breese in Melbourne.

– Oct 4, 2014- Tagi again was knocked out in the first round by light heavyweight boxer Faris Chevalier at the Fortitude Stadium in Newstead, Queensland

Khattab has requested the Minister for Youth and Sports to step in and look at the plight of professional boxing in the country.

“Something must be done now or else we will be sorry. I’m suggesting if a meeting could be convened where boxers, trainers and promoters could meet with the minister and voice their thoughts on how to revive professional boxing in the country.

“Now we’ve to look not only at the boxers’ welfare but promoters as well because they are the ones who are putting their money on the line.

“We’ve got to act fast and start staging boxing promotions around the country.”

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