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Moce Sakaraia Pe

Friends, relatives and close family members farewelled former boxing champion Sakaraia Pe at Sorokoba Village, Ba, yesterday. He died on Sunday at the age of 75 after a short illness.
27 Jun 2015 09:28
Moce Sakaraia Pe
Family members of Sakaraia Pe at his funeral. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Friends, relatives and close family members farewelled former boxing champion Sakaraia Pe at Sorokoba Village, Ba, yesterday.

He died on Sunday at the age of 75 after a short illness. His nephew Samuela Kautoga said the boxing fraternity and the people of Sorokoba looked up to his uncle because of his major achievements in the ring.

“We can still remember when he won the light heavyweight title in 1979,” he said.

“He also beat Philip Kating in Vanuatu in 1978 and Fossie Schmidt in Samoa in 1979.

“And during all his fights, he never used a mouthguard.”

Kautoga said his uncle also fought local boxers like Nemani Waka, Ananai Curubera, Niko Degei, Aseri Namua, Seva Mocesui, Aisea Ravula Joe Fabiano and Ratu Simione Vutevute.

“His last fight was in Rakiraki against Setareki Boletawa in the late 80s,” he said.

“He was a kind man and he paved the way for many people who later took up the sport.”

Pe started his boxing career in the 1970s after he joined a band of boxers in the village, who were being trained by the late Tui Ba Ratu Marika Latianara.

This included former champions Vuniivi Nadumu, Penaia Vunisa and Ratu Filimoni Naliva.

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