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O’Brien: I’ll Return With The Title   

  Former New Zealand Professional Boxing Association’s light-middleweight champion Beau O’Brien has a plan on how to beat Siliveni Nawai in tomorrow’s World Boxing Foundation’s Australasia middleweight title fight in
22 Jun 2018 10:00
O’Brien: I’ll Return With The Title   
From left-right: Promoter Simon Naushad, Trainer John Langdon, Kiwi boxer Beau O’Brien, WBF official Justin Kennedy and Lisa Marie at Nadi International Airport on June 21, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

 

Former New Zealand Professional Boxing Association’s light-middleweight champion Beau O’Brien has a plan on how to beat Siliveni Nawai in tomorrow’s World Boxing Foundation’s Australasia middleweight title fight in Nadi.

Arriving at Nadi International Airport last night, a fit looking O’ Brien said, he is ready to hand Nawai his first loss.

“We expect a good result as we’ve trained hard for this fight,” he said.

“We will take that title to New Zealand. What I’ve seen from the boxrec, my opponent is a hard fighter. He fights hard and strong.

“He is a home favourite as well. We really appreciate the warm welcome here and we hope to have a good fight.”

This will be O’Brien’s eight professional fights since turning professional in 2012.

He started his amateur career as a 14-year-old where he won 10 of his 20 amateur fights and in 2007 he won the national 69kg welterweight title. His lone loss was to Kuok Kun Ng in Macao, in 2014.

Trainer Rod Langdon told SUNsports that they are thrilled to be in Fiji to fight Nawai.

 

I CAN’T WAIT: NAWAI

Unbeaten boxer Siliveni Nawai is confident of walking out of the ring on Saturday night with the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Australasian middle title around his waist.

The Tubenasolo, Nawaka native from Nadi is predicting a knockout win over O’Brien when they fight in the main bout of the Canada Fiji Southern Boxing Promotions at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

“I want to end this fight early,” Nawai told SUNsports yesterday.

“I cannot wait to get into the ring. I have respect for Beau but I’ve a mission to do in this fight.”

Nawai, who is dubbed the ‘Hands of Stone’ has won his 11 professional fights since his debut in 2011.

“It’s time to do business; this is the fight of my career. I had a tough time in my preparation. I’ve recovered from a short illness and it should not affect my game plan. I’m fighting for Fiji and my request is for boxing fans to come out in big numbers.”

 

TODAY’S WEIGH-IN

Boxers are to be at the Nair’s Dais in Nadi for the 1.30pm official weigh-in.

The fight tickets can be purchased at the Lale’s Fried Chicken outlets in Martintar, Nadi and Lautoka

Edited  by Leone Cabenatabua

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