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Kwadjo Set For Super 8 Battle

Fiji-based boxer Joseph Kwadjo is all set for Saturday’s fight in the Super 8 Cruiserweight tournament at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. Kwadjo’s mentor and businessman
20 Nov 2014 11:47
Kwadjo Set For Super 8 Battle
Joseph Kwadjo. Photo: Fiji TV One

Fiji-based boxer Joseph Kwadjo is all set for Saturday’s fight in the Super 8 Cruiserweight tournament at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kwadjo’s mentor and businessman Mostafa Khattab said yesterday this is a great opportunity for the Ghanaian boxer to improve on his record.

“Kwadjo was rated at number 9 so he was the first one on the waiting list,” Khattab said.

“So after a boxer pulled out the organisers had to get in a replacement and that was where he got the nod. This is a good warm-up for Kwadjo since he has a major fight lined-up early next year.”

He said Kwadjo would go in as an underdog since he has been without a fight for some time now.

“A little bit rusty but he has to start somewhere since he has got a chance to fight and improve on his skills.

Super 8 Rules:

The Super 8 is an eight man elimination tournament featuring seven fights over the course of one night of boxing action.

Four quarter-finals fights, will determine the semi-finalists, with the final to be held the same night. The quarters and semis are 3 x 3 minute rounds with the final a 4 x 3 minute bout.

The quarter-final match-ups will be drawn randomly at the weigh-in the day before the event. The winner walks out with the Oceania Cruiserweight title.

Participants:

Brad “Hollywood” Pitt 14-1-0 (12 KO) – Australia’s number one ranked cruiserweight and the 2006 Commonwealth Games heavyweight gold medallist. He represented Australia at the 2008 Olympics and is the pre-tournament favourite but was knocked out by David Aloua in the fourth round of his last fight in April this year.

Daniel “The Doberman” Ammann 29-7-1 (6 KO) – Is the second favourite but lost his only two fights this year. A southpaw, Ammann is the most experienced fighter in the competition and is the only person to beat the impressive David Aloua as a professional.

Monty “Mad Dog” Filimaea 9-10-1 (5 KO) – It’s not the best record but Mad Dog, who says boxing saved him from a life of crime, has won seven of his last eight fights. The only loss was a second round KO to Aloua, and there’s no shame in that. He had no amateur bouts and lost his six fights before David Tua started training him.

Lance “Buster” Bryant 3-0-0 (2 KO) – Bryant has only had three professional bouts but is an incredibly experienced amateur fighter, with 44 wins and six losses before turning pro. He knocked out Pitt in the amateur ranks but is still only the sixth favourite with the bookies.

Israel Adesanya – Adesanya is a New Zealand champion kickboxer but will make his boxing debut in the Super 8 event. The world class Muay Thai fighter, known as the “Broken Native” moved to New Zealand from Nigeria with his parents when he was 11 and entered the Super 8 as a wild card. He has won similar elimination events in kick-boxing in the past.

Vaitele Soi 22-0-0 (16 KO) – The undefeated Samoan fighter is the third favourite to take out the crown. His fights have been held across New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga but the Super 8 will be his biggest stage to date. He hasn’t fought in almost a year, but won a similar tournament – Last Man Standing – in Auckland in 2011.

James Emmerson 1-2 (0 KO) – A former New Zealand Golden Gloves champion, what Emmerson lacks in experience he makes up for in guts. The Scottish born 30-year old’s debut was a controversial four round decision loss to fellow Super 8 contender Filimaea.

Joseph Kwadjo 21-7 (16 KO) – Kwadjo, the Ghanaian-born resident of Fiji won the Australasian Super Middleweight title in a huge upset over Jamie Pittman in 2008. Kwadjo has lost four of his last five fights over the last four years, the most recent being a unanimous decision defeat to Australian up-and-coming Reynold Quinlan on the Mundine-Mosley undercard in 2013.

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