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Analysis: Cut Mess, Fix Boxing

If the BCF directors can’t address these basic issues, they must give way to other capable people to come in and run the show.
15 Feb 2019 16:45
Analysis: Cut Mess, Fix Boxing
Savenaca Naliva and Joseph Kwadjo during the weigh-in at the Nair Dias in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Let’s cut the rubbish and face the fact that last Saturday’s boxing promotion at Prince Charles Park in Nadi was a total disaster.

All explanations done by the Boxing Com­mission Fiji directors for the past few days will not change a thing.

Boxing fans, who paid their $40, $25 or $15 tickets, to watch the only title fight (from the two that was advertised) that took place being called off due to a slippery canvas would now think twice of going to watch the next boxing promotion.

That’s the reality of the damage that has been done.

Even before the fight day, there were ele­ments of uncertainty which the BCF direc­tors had failed to take notice. It was either the directors had conveniently overlooked it or they did not know what was happening. It’s elements like;

# OF ROUNDS

The boxing posters did not provide any information on the number of rounds for the two title fights. It could have been 12 rounds, 10, 8, 6 or even 2. Why was it hard for BCF to decide? In Aus­tralia, title fights are fought over 10 rounds and they have their reasons for it but here all our title fights are fought over 12 rounds. Every poster should have provided all these information and if not then there are legal implications for it.

WEIGHT LIMIT

On the official weigh-in, Joseph Kwadjo had tipped the scale at 80kilos while Savenaca Naliva was at 83kg. For the light heavyweight division, all major boxing bodies around the world have the weight limit at 79kg. It should be noted that in amateur boxing, the light heavyweight division is between 75kg to 81kg while for professional boxing it’s between 76kg to 79kg. Were the BCF directors aware of this? If they were then why did they allow the light heavyweight title fight to go ahead? Failing to meet the 79kg limit, the BCF direc­tors could still have allowed the fight to go ahead only as a cruiserweight contest bout but not as a light heavyweight title fight. These are the very basic elements which should not be happening. Failing to address this means the BCF directors are either too busy with other commitments and if do then they should step aside and allow other capa­ble people to run the show. This is the only the way to save the sport.

Edited by Osea Bola

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