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Ranking Boxers Overdue

From July 10 up to November 24, we saw 10 local boxers get to fight overseas and so far none of them has registered a win or even a draw.
28 Nov 2018 10:25
Ranking Boxers Overdue
From Left; Shamal Ram Anuj hits Aklesh Pratap in their bout at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

From July 10 up to November 24, we saw 10 local boxers get to fight overseas and so far none of them has registered a win or even a draw. What a poor 10-0 record!

It’s sad to see how our local boxers are being used as a stepping stone by Australian and New Zealand fighters to build-up their record in their endeavour to secure lucrative international fights.

From July 10 up to November 24, we saw 10 local boxers get fight overseas and so far none of them has registered a win or even a draw. What a poor 10-0 record!

Is the Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) going to do something about it or is it going to let it go?

Really, it is embarrassing and tarnishes the reputation of Fiji Boxing.

However, we cannot put the blame on the boxers. The BCF directors should have stepped in and take necessary measures to salvage the image of the sport.

It should first start by delivering the promised List of Rankings, so boxers could know they really stand.

Right now our boxers have being over-rated.

They have this false notion of being up to par with overseas boxers when in fact they are not. All the 10 boxers have now learned the hard way.

Take for example heavyweight boxer James Singh who had a promising career as he won his first three fights on knockout. Impressive! But his first two opponents were actually making their professional debut while the third one was an unknown boxer.

Singh should have opted to fight a couple of local or regional boxers like Vilimoni Taginikoro or Jonasa Kavika instead of taking on David Light who has had more international fights compared to him. If there was a rankings list in place, then it would have helped Singh and his team make their right.

But it’s not too later for Singh as he can still learn and smartly work his way up.

With a ranking list in place it helps boxers and team to plan out on the direction to take, weight division to fight in, and their list of opponents to get to the titles they are aiming for.

This is a more professional approach and right now veteran trainer Gyan Singh is using to guide his son’s (Sebastian Singh) boxing career.

There’s no need to fight any Tom, Dick and Harry that comes your way if it is not going to lead you anywhere.

With the new Minister of Sports taking office, it probably time to make a request on the review on the operations of BCF and what needs to be done to improve boxing in the country.

Edited by Osea Bola

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