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Editorial: Boxing cops a low blow, hits a new low

Boxing hits a new low on Friday. And the Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) should be blamed for wasting everybody’s time and money. The Majestic Boxing Promotions programme, scheduled for
18 Mar 2018 11:14
Editorial: Boxing cops a low blow, hits a new low

Boxing hits a new low on Friday.

And the Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) should be blamed for wasting everybody’s time and money.

The Majestic Boxing Promotions programme, scheduled for the FMF Gymnasium in Suva yester­day, should not have happened in the first place.

This is if the BCF did its homework in properly vet­ting overseas boxers who should feature in the pro­gramme. Instead they dropped the ball, lost grip and control.

They are the sole arbiter and should run the admin­istration of the sport in the country as required by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

BCF should lay down the marker and assert full control and not let anyone interfere. Otherwise re­viving boxing in Fiji will continue to hit a dead end and die a slow death.

Cancelling the main bout between New Zealand –based Sivam Hernez and Joseph Kwadjo in the 11th hour during weigh-in at Ratu Sukuna Park on the eve of the fight hurts everybody involved – fans, boxers, trainers and the promoter Sudesh Ram – who spent so much to stage the programme in Suva.

Firstly, it was way out of line for BCF chairman Bu­lutani Mataitawakilai to give the green light for the fight to go ahead after the New Zealand Boxing Com­mission had warned that Hernez should not fight for 60 days after his last fight was stopped in the fourth round last month.

Despite getting medical clearance from a doctor in New Zealand, BCF should have stuck to the ruling by its NZ counterpart.

It was totally unbecoming to fly over Hernez from New Zealand only to announce it later in the 11th hour that he was medically unfit to fight.

We applaud the effort of individuals and organisa­tions who are trying revive the sport and rekindle the glory days it enjoyed in the past.

Former heavyweight Leweni Waqa once fought World Boxing Council top 10 contender Jimmy Ellis in the United States.

Former ‘Golden Boy’ Sakaraia Ve fought Clyde Gray twice for the Commonwealth welterweight title.

Alipate Korovou beat Monty Betham in Suva for the Commonwealth middleweight title.

We even hosted Samoan Fossie Schmidt who fought Australian Tony Mundine in Suva.

Our boxers used to dominate regional tournaments.

Gold medallist at the Oceania Championship in French Polynesia, Jovesa Keresi, who now resides in Japan, supports the revival of the sport, but is disap­pointed with the direction it is heading,

Keresi said: “Our time were the glory days and I’m willing to help get the sport back to where it once was. But first the BCF must play a lead role in the revival.

We hope that what transpired at Ratu Sukuna Park last week will never happen again because it doesn’t augur well for the sport.

OSEA BOLA

Feedback: oseab@fijisun.com.fj

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