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No Easy Fight: Nawai Tells O’Brien

Unbeaten Fijian boxer Siliveni Nawai has warned Beau O’Brien that he is not going to have an easy time in tonight’s World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Australasian middleweight title fight at
23 Jun 2018 13:09
No Easy Fight: Nawai Tells O’Brien
From left; Beau O’Brien with Siliveni Nawai during the official weigh-in at Nair’s Dais, Nadi on June 22, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Unbeaten Fijian boxer Siliveni Nawai has warned Beau O’Brien that he is not going to have an easy time in tonight’s World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Australasian middleweight title fight at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

“I’m fighting for Fiji, the people of Fiji and not for Nawai alone,” he told SUNsports during the official weigh-in after both boxers tipped the scale at 72.1 kilogrammes.

“Well, O’Brien has said he wants to take the title to New Zealand, well to be frank, it won’t be a walk in the park. The 10-round bout will be no easy escape.”

The Tubenasolo, Nawaka, Nadi native also admitted that he had spent one week in hospital after he sustained injuries to his nose during his sparring session with Jonny ‘Machine Gun’ Singh. However, he said it will not affect his fight.

When approached O’Brien said that he stands by his comment of taking the WBF title to New Zealand.

“I did say that earlier that my prime moment is to take the title back home. I don’t think it will be hard as expected despite Nawai is a home town favourite. We hope to have a good fight,” he added.
TAGI CALLS FOR SUPPORT

Meanwhile, light heavyweight boxer Opeti Tagi has called on his fans to come out in numbers as he takes on hard hitting Savenaca Naliva in the main supporting bout.

“I have seen Save’s body is in good shape but that will not change my motive in the ring,” he said.

“I have not trained well due to family and work commitments. I will play him in the ring and drag it through the first round before I decide on the strategy to use.”

Naliva said that he has gained some weight but this fight should be in his favour.

BCF (West) director Usman Ali (Lale) also confirmed that all fights are on except for Abhay Chand’s fight since his opponent Iosefo Cakaunivalu is away in Vanuatu.

 

Fixtures: 10x3mins round- Siliveni Nawai v Beau O’Brien (NZ); 8x3min round- Opeti Tagi v Savenaca Naliva; 6×3 mins round- Jonny Singh v Junior Farzan; Vilimoni Taganikoro v Isoa Naruba; Shamal Ramanuj v Krishneel Chand; 4×3 mins round- Filimoni Naliva v Robert Kustel; Shameer Ali v Saimoni Mario; Noa Tubaka v Timothy Lee; 4×2 mins round- Visila Kolitapa v Inise Kaunimara.

 Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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