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Win For My Dad: Chotka Jr.

Australian middleweight boxer, John Krishna Chotka Jnr, dedicated his 4th round TKO win over Ronald Naidu in the Kiran Boxing Promotion to his dad John Krishna Chotka Snr last Saturday.
13 Feb 2017 11:52
Win For My Dad: Chotka Jr.
John Krishna Jr with his family after the win over Ronald Naidu in the main supporting bout at the Tilak high School hall in Lautoka last Saturday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Australian middleweight boxer, John Krishna Chotka Jnr, dedicated his 4th round TKO win over Ronald Naidu in the Kiran Boxing Promotion to his dad John Krishna Chotka Snr last Saturday.

This was Chotka Jnr’s second win on Fijian soil. His last fight was in 2005 when he beat Pita Tabuarua on points at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

Referee Joeli Sauqaqa had to stop the contest towards the end of the fourth round.

“This fight is for my dad, who has fought here and went through a lot of hassle to get me here,” he said.

“It means a lot for him to have his son fight in his hometown. I’m proud and happy of my performance out here. It was special to win by knockout as it is too humid in here compared to Australia. I was born here and my dad is from Lautoka so it means a lot.”

The Perth based- boxer was confident with the way he had fought.

“I started off slow as I did not want to get tired too quickly and by the third round I found my range and  landed my punches.

“The first round was even, second round maybe too and there was a plan to feel him out and see how he was. In the third round my dad told me to close the gaps, distances and that is where I hit him with those body shots.”

The 36-year-old plans to take a break and spend quality time with his sons Jonny, Jemain and wife Jameela, who is an Australian Pakistani.

Chotka Jnr said that he would return to Fiji at the end of the year.

“I want to promote Fiji boxing and will see what happens along the road and perhaps at the end of the year.

“I will take a break and see what happens as there are a lot of fighters here who wants to call me out and make a name for them.”

Chotka Snr said that it was a proud moment to see his son win in his hometown.

“This is where I started my boxing career,” he said. Chotka Snr rose from the ranks of amateur to professional boxing from 1966 to 1978.

He also represented Lautoka and Suva in football. Dubbed as a classy midfielder he went on to captained the national football team as well.

“I used to fight every week in the amateurs at the PWD canteen in Suva and play soccer on Sunday in the national league,” Chotka Snr added.


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