SPORTS

3 KO’s In Programme

Three knockouts were recorded in the Westwood Boxing Promotion at Prince Charles Park in Nadi last Saturday night. The first and the quickest was in the six by three minute
29 Sep 2015 09:01
3 KO’s In Programme
Opeti Tagi (right), slugs it out with Sakiusa Mekemeke during the Western Boxing Promotion bout at Prince Charles Park in Nadi last Saturday night. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Three knockouts were recorded in the Westwood Boxing Promotion at Prince Charles Park in Nadi last Saturday night.

The first and the quickest was in the six by three minute bout in the heavyweight contest between Tongan Napoleon Taumoepeau and Sefanaia Vakacegu.

Weight was probably an issue as it took only three punches by the bulky Taumoepeau to send Vakacegu to the canvas but he survived the standing eight counts.

A straight right after some powerful combination again sent Vakacegu through the ropes and referee Jeremaia Ledua stopped the fight just after 1 minute 40 seconds.

Etuate Kofi was also knocked out by Sebastian ‘Sniper’ Singh from what appeared to be an illegal punch at the back of his head.

Kofi was clearly frustrated and so was his cornerman Marika Yalimaiwai when New Zealand referee Faiyaz Khan stopped the fight just 1minute 50 seconds in the first round.

The third was in the main supporting bout between Serea, Naitasiri native Joeli Naleca and Joseph Kwadjo in what supposed to be a 10 by three minute contest.

Naleca who hasn’t never entered the ring after four years started the show with some clean jabs through Kwadjo’s guard but the Ghana native replied with some strong straight right that kept Naleca at bay.

Kwadjo caught Naleca with a swinging left in the begging of the second round after setting him up with some body shots and it was all over in 1minutes 15 second.

Naleca’s trainer and father Saula Naicori blamed the lack of fitness and called for more time for boxers to prepare.

The only TKO was in the main bout between Junior Farzan Ali and Ulaiasi Qalomai after the third round.

Qalomai’s cornerman Marika Yalimaiwai said he called the fight off after Qalomai’s nose was bleeding.

“It was better to stop the fight than to get him knocked out,” Khan said.

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