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Build Boxing Gyms: Lewis

Australian boxing training legend Johnny Lewis be­lieves in the need for Fiji to have more professional boxing gyms to help produce champions. Lewis was present at the Tuvasu Hall at
21 Nov 2018 11:00
Build Boxing Gyms: Lewis
World Champoin boxers trainer Johnny Lewis during Sukuna Bowl boxing competition at QEB on November 20, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Australian boxing training legend Johnny Lewis be­lieves in the need for Fiji to have more professional boxing gyms to help produce champions.

Lewis was present at the Tuvasu Hall at Queen Elizabeth Barracks yesterday witnessing day one of boxing of the 2018 ANZ Ratu Ratu Sukuna Bowl competition which he believes will produce more Fijian amateur champions in future.

“I have been flying to Fiji for a long time from time to time. I came over for different occasions,”Lewis said.

“The problem in Fiji there’s not enough gyms here to help amateur boxers, Fiji have produced world class fighters before with the likes of Sunia Cama, Alipate Korovou and Sakaraia Ve.

“Looking at boxing here, these two forces (RFMF, Fiji Police) will definitely produce good amateur boxers.”

Lewis is best known for working with six World Champions, most notably Jeff Fenech and Kostya Tszyu.Fijian boxers he helped in­cluded Jo Keresi. He is currently in the country guiding Winston Hill and had also worked with the Fiji Police Boxing Club for one day building up to the one-week Suku­na challenge.

Lewis rates Hill

He strongly feels Hill could resur­rect boxing in Fiji.

“He has been coming over to Aus­tralia and working with us,”Lewis said.

“And we are trying to spend most time with Winston. He has got so much potential and I think he could resurrect boxing in Fiji.

“I think Winston sits in the same row as Alipate Korovou, Sakaraia Ve and undoubtedly that kid will be a world class fighter. He’s staying disciplined.

“We did a bit of work with Police, not much but we went to watch them and we spent one day training with them. They invited us over to­day and I’m enjoying myself.

“When it’s over I will say that I’m happy that I have made the choice of coming over, so far so good.”

Meanwhile, in the earlier results yesterday Zoeb Ali of Police defeat­ed teammate Aman Anad.

In the 64kg category Jone Koroil­agilagi of Police defeated teammate Akuila Gaunavou by technical knockout.

In the second welterweight bout RFMF’s Vilimoni Drotini defeated Police Nemani Korowale in a split points’ decision.

RFMF Jiko Rokobuli defeated To­masi of Fiji Police by knockout in the 69kg category.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj



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