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Jonasa continues family tradition

His dad Mosese Kavika ruled the country’s heavyweight division. Kavika Snr was the last local heavyweight champion to hold the then Professional Boxing and Wrestling Association (PBWA) version of the
23 Aug 2017 16:03
Jonasa continues family tradition

His dad Mosese Kavika ruled the country’s heavyweight division.

Kavika Snr was the last local heavyweight champion to hold the then Professional Boxing and Wrestling Association (PBWA) version of the title, which was once the most revered.

This title was fought and held by boxing greats like Leweni Waqa, Filimoni Naliva, Sunia Cama and Niko Degei.

Today, 21-year-old, Jonasa is determined to follow his dad’s footsteps and claim the country’s heavyweight title.

The Navosa lad is trained and guided by his dad.

In his professional debut, Jonasa scored an impressive first-round knockout win over Simon Peters Whippy in a six-round contest at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, on August 12.

“That was my first pro and it was a good game,” he said.

“I didn’t show my full strength and skills because it was a short fight. At the moment I’m listening to my father on what step to take next. My aim is to follow my father’s footsteps.”

Jonasa made his pro debut after winning all his three amateur boxing fights.

Speaking to SUNsports, Kavika Snr said he wants his son to reach greater heights in boxing.

“I’m working with him. I want him to take-over from where I had left off. He is climbing that ladder but I want him to supersede me,” the 50-year-old said.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua
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