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Sports minister Parveen Bala Wants Answers From Boxing Commission of Fiji

The light heavyweight title fight between Savenaca Naliva and Joseph Kwadjo was temporarily stopped in the second round as Police intervened to contain a brawl as fans from the opposing camps clashed.
11 Feb 2019 16:22
Sports minister Parveen Bala Wants Answers From Boxing Commission of Fiji
Police intervene as fans from opposing camps clas h at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on February 9,2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Ministry of Youth and Sports wants answers from the Boxing Commission Of Fiji.

Fans returned home disappointed after the feature fight of the South Pacific Boxing promotion at Prince Charles Park, Nadi was called off on Saturday.

The  light heavyweight title fight between Savenaca Naliva and Joseph Kwadjo was temporarily stopped in the second round as Police intervened to contain a brawl as fans from the opposing camps clashed.   

Then fans returned home disappointed as the fight was called off in round six by BCF due to the slippery canvas.

The boxers ended up taking off their shoes to adapt to the slippery surface but  struggled  to get a grip.

Ba's Savenaca Naliva and Joseph Kwadjo in bare foot in the main bout at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Ba’s Savenaca Naliva and Joseph Kwadjo in bare foot in the main bout at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

“I’ve received complaints from fans and concerned citizens in regards to the boxing programme. We will write to the Boxing Commission of Fiji seeking explanation on what transpired in Nadi,” Sports Minister Bala said.

“Safety of our patrons is very important and in future if a promoter wants to host a programme, he has to make sure that security is tight.”

BFC board member Usman Ali said: “We were not in control of the unforeseen circumstances because of the hot weather.

“All the boxers were sweating and the canvas had to be cleaned from time to time. We also found out that the canvas was too slippery. That is why the referee stopped the contest in the sixth round for safety reason.”

He added the canvas was imported from China.

Promotions director Mohammed Shameem was not happy with what transpired but said the safety of the boxers and the fans was paramount.

“It was my dream to get this kind of top local programme,” Shameem said.

“But unfortunately this one was stopped by the BCF as safety of the boxers is paramount.”

Police had to intervene and escort fans in the main bout at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Police had to intervene and escort fans in the main bout at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Edited by Osea Bola

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