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There has been heated exchange of words between the country’s welterweight boxing champion Junior ‘The Razor’ Farzan Ali and the upcoming Sebastian Singh on social media. The uproar was sparked
09 Nov 2016 11:00
Play Smart Take No Shortcuts
Junior "The Razor" Farzan Ali (Left) and Sebastian Singh(Right)

There has been heated exchange of words between the country’s welterweight boxing champion Junior ‘The Razor’ Farzan Ali and the upcoming Sebastian Singh on social media. The uproar was sparked by Farzan’s statement on Facebook and while the younger Sebastian had sensibly tried to play it down, it has come to not.

In the recent episode, Farzan has somewhat taken a script out of Amitabh Bachan’s 1970 hit movie, Amar, Akbar, Anthony where he had his picture taken next to an ambulance implying of his intention to hurt the Toorak-based boxer. In the movie, Amitabh always called on the ambulance every time he goes out fighting the bad guys. We may laugh at it and viewed if differently but overall it brings nothing good to the sport.

No one denies the fact that Farzan and Sebastian are the country’s best pound-to-pound boxers. For over a decade, Farzan ruled the light weight divisions, where in his collections was the country’s bantamweight, featherweight lightweight and welterweight titles. He fought and beat top boxers like Mohammed Paiyal, Waisele Ratu, Etuate Kofi, Aisea Naiti and Opeti Tagi when they were all at their prime.

For the young Sebastian, he had an impressive record against overseas boxers where he won his first three fights in Sydney, Australia. Although he had won his recent fights in the country, Sebastian still needs to have two more fights before he could look elsewhere or even face-up to Farzan. He should not be pushed into taking the short route to the top and if planned well, there are ways he could make it to the top.

In his last fight against Daniel Maxwell, Sebastian weighed-in at 69.1kg and that makes him a front runner for the country’s light middleweight title, which is vacant after the passing away of Joy Ali.

And instead of taking on Farzan, Sebastian’s camp should look at the possibility of him taking on Ronald Naidu, Johnny ‘The Machine Gun’ Singh or Siliveni Nawai for that vacant title. These boxers are all worthy opponents and are able to push Sebastian to the max.

This is good for the sport as Sebastian is the future of Fijian boxing and he needs to be groomed well. His fighting style is similar to Navosa farmer Binnu Singh, the only local boxer to have beaten Farzan, not only once but twice over 12 rounds. It’s time for Sebastian’s camp to play smart and go for the vacant light middleweight title as a win could augur well for Fiji boxing.

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