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Nawai Accepts Defeat, Train Harder

Middleweight boxer Siliveni Nawai has promised to work harder after he suffered his first loss to Beau O’Brien of New Zealand at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, last Saturday night. Referee
25 Jun 2018 10:32
Nawai Accepts Defeat, Train Harder
Siliveni Nawai (left) exchanges punches with Beau O’Brien in the WBF Australasian middieweight title fight at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on June 23, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Middleweight boxer Siliveni Nawai has promised to work harder after he suffered his first loss to Beau O’Brien of New Zealand at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, last Saturday night.

Referee Fatu Tuimanono had to step in to stop the fight in the fifth round as O’Brien became the new World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Australasian middleweight champion.

“Well, that is boxing, he did give me a surprise but that’s not the end as I will work harder from now on,” Nawai told SUNsports.

“It was a good fight but the result was not what, me and my fans had wanted.”

A jubilant O’Brien said the win was a perfect one for him since he is getting married in August.

“We are always hungry to take the title home, we have done that and we are proud of it. I will take time off and enjoy a piece of the cake now,” the Napier boxer added.

 

NALIVA STOPS TAGI

Light heavyweight boxing star Opeti Tagi is on the canvas against Savenaca Naliva at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on June 23, 2018. Nailva won on the 3rd round TKO. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Light heavyweight boxing star Opeti Tagi is on the canvas against Savenaca Naliva at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on June 23, 2018. Nailva won on the 3rd round TKO. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

In the main supporting bout hard hitting Savenaca Naliva of Ba knocked out Suva’ Opeti Tagi in the third round.

Referee Joeli Sauqaqa had to stop the fight to save Tagi from further punishment after he had earlier hit the canvas.

“I didn’t expect the fight to go that long,” Naliva said.

“I did expect the result to be in my favour since I had trained hard.

Naliva said he has accepted Tagi’s challenge for a return fight

“I know Joseph Kwadjo has been challenging me and I’ve been waiting for him since last year. I’m also ready for that fight to go on,” he added.

 

KOLITAPA IN TEARS

Women boxer Visila Kolitapa (left) celebrates her points win over Inise Kaunimara with referee Leca Fotu (middle) at Prince Charles Park,  Nadi on June 23, 2018.  Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Women boxer Visila Kolitapa (left) celebrates her points win over Inise Kaunimara with referee Leca Fotu (middle) at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on June 23, 2018.
Photo: Waisea Nasokia

In the women’s 4×2 minutes round fight, Visila Kolitapa beat Inise Kaunimara on points.

“I’m emotional about the win. My opponent was a tough boxer and I thank the promoter Simon Naushad for putting up this fight,” she added.
OTHER RESULTS:

Jonny ‘Machine Gun’ Singh drew with junior ‘The Razor’ Farzan; Vilimoni Taganikoro knocked out Isoa Naruba in the second round; Shamal Ramanuj stopped Krishneel Chand in the second round; Filimoni Naliva Jnr knocked out Robert Kustel in the third round; Saimoni Mario beat Shameer Ali in the second round; Noa Tubaka beat Timothy Lee on points.

 – Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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