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The butchering of Fijian boxers overseas must stop, says a former boxing manager Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Mostafa Khattab said journeyman Sefanaia Vakacegu’s third round knockout loss to Samoan heavyweight
12 Nov 2014 10:12
Offficials Want Review

The butchering of Fijian boxers overseas must stop, says a former boxing manager
Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Mostafa Khattab said journeyman Sefanaia Vakacegu’s third round knockout loss to Samoan heavyweight Alipati A’asa has tarnished Fiji’s reputation overseas.

“Vakacegu is the fourth Fijian boxer to be knocked out overseas,” the Korotogo hotelier said.
“It seems that helping boxers earn money is much more important than doing our country proud. Where’s that pride? We’ve been

helping boxers earn money but not in this way where they are used as stepping stone for overseas boxers.”
Similar sentiment was echoed by boxing official Allen Harris who indicated that this must stop.

“Three years ago I had advised Vakacegu to quit boxing but it is plain stupidity to allow him to fight overseas in a much heavier division where he has never fought in before,” Harris said.

The Nadi businessman said he is supportive of helping boxers earn money but for now it’s best to only send Fijian boxers abroad if they have a 50-50 chance of winning.”

Khattab has again pleaded with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to step in and help resolve the issue surrounding professional boxing in the country.

“We need to make changes in the regulation and commission directors so we can have boxing promotions staged around the country. I’m asking the ministry concerned to step in and help put the sport back onto the right track. Boxing is one of the sports that unite all.”

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