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Fiji Amateur Boxing Association On A Mission To Revive The Sport

“The boxing stables are always the lifeline for FABA and they have also inspired others to start new clubs,”
21 May 2019 16:07
Fiji Amateur Boxing Association On A Mission To Revive The Sport
Fiji’s top amateur boxer Winston Hill (red).

The Fiji Amateur Boxing Asso­ciation (FABA) has embarked on a journey to bring back the sports’ glory days.

One way the association hopes to do this is by exposing local boxers to regular competition.

This includes fortnightly commu­nity boxing events at the Fiji Police Mobile Unit headquarters in Nar­ere, Nasinu, which are open to all clubs.

Nicholas Fuata, head coach of the Fiji amateur boxing team to July’s Pacific Games in Samoa, believes the sport was in a period of resur­gence.

Fuata believes FABA-registered clubs have an important role to play in the resurgence and urged them to continue giving their support.

“The boxing stables are always the lifeline for FABA and they have also inspired others to start new clubs,” Fuata said.

“They have produced great fight­ers for the Pacific Games 2019 and we have clubs that we are indebted to, with the likes of, Police, Boxing Brave, One Dream, Uptown and Light House that have stayed true to the cause.”

The next major assignment for the association is the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa this July.

The team of eight fighters will be led by 2018 Gold Coast Common­wealth Games bronze medallist Winston Hill.

While the team has a talented line-up of boxers from the fly-weight to the heavyweight division, no super-heavyweight fighter made the cut.

“The absence of a super heavy­weight boxer is based on limitations based on selection. We had to choose from good fighters but were limited to the best,” Fuata said.

“The squad is made up of extreme­ly talented fighters with a mixture of young upcoming boxers and sea­soned fighters.

“Our top prospects are obviously our current elite fighters – Hill and Jone Koroilagilagi but expect sur­prises along the way.”

-Edited by Osea Bola

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