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Franco Fraser Wants Rematch After TKO Loss To Isaac Buck­ley

Fijian super welterweight boxer Franco Fraser cried foul after his six-round fight against Isaac Buck­ley was stopped in the fifth round at the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh, Sydney last
06 Mar 2019 10:00
Franco Fraser Wants Rematch After TKO Loss To Isaac Buck­ley
Sebastian Singh takes on Franco Fraser in the main bout at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Fijian super welterweight boxer Franco Fraser cried foul after his six-round fight against Isaac Buck­ley was stopped in the fifth round at the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh, Sydney last Friday night.

“I want a rematch,” Fraser told SUNsports on Sunday.

“I was robbed. The guy used his elbows to open up a cut above my eye and the referee instead of going to the score cards awarded the fight to Buckley on a technical ground. I’ve told them that I want a rematch soon.”

The Lautoka slugger stayed with his un­cle and former Australian cruiserweight champion Mosese Sorovi.

Also under the same bill, super welter­weight boxer Rakuro Daunivavana suf­fered a fourth round knockout loss to Ky­ron Dryden.

Meanwhile, Fiji bantamweight champion Krishneel Mudaliar put on a gutsy perfor­mance as he lost on points to Jai Alexandra at the Whitehorse Club, East Burwood in Victoria.

Mudaliar survived an intentional head butt by Alexandra to go the full distance. The fight was the for the vacant WBF Aus­tralaisian featherweight title.

Boxing Commission of Fiji’s technical advisor Faiyaz Khan said Mudaliar’s cor­nerman should have waited for the full five minutes as per rules and informed the ref­eree that he could not continue.

“The referee should have taken all these into consideration and award the fight to the Fijian on disqualification. Again I will be submitting to BCF that manager/ train­er must have these knowledge so that it can be applied on the spot.

“The referee was correct in taking a point off, but when the cornerman wanted the fight to continue the referee had no choice but to let it flow. This is a big lesson to learn for cornerman and trainers, that knowing the rules of the sport is very important.”

When queried Khan said Mudaliar‘s cor­nerman was from Australia as he had trav­elled alone to the fight.

Edited by Grace Narayan

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