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Boxing Drops Guard, Boxers Need To Honour Deal, Sebastian Singh Overweight… Again

Bala made a scathing attack in Parliament last month on how BCF is administering the sport and promised to sack some board members.
01 Jul 2019 12:20
Boxing Drops Guard, Boxers Need To Honour Deal, Sebastian Singh Overweight… Again
Siliveni Nawai lines up Sebastian Singh at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on June 30, 2019.

Editorial:

Boxing is serious business and should be treated as such.

From the outset, the controlling authority should lay down the marker and assert control if the sport is to grow.

Despite highlighting flaws in the past, the Boxing Commission of Fiji continues to drop its guard and fails to take charge.

It seems there are others running the show while they take a back seat.

The sooner the Minister for Sports, Parveen Bala, makes sweeping changes in the running of the sport, the better it will be for all concerned.

Bala made a scathing attack in Parliament last month on how BCF is administering the sport and promised to sack some board members.

And we hope the clean-up will be done sooner than later to save the sport from nosediving further.

We applaud the boxing faithful namely the fans, promoters, businessmen and others who are committed in reviving the sport.

But there are others who thought they are bigger than the sport and need to be taken to task for their own betterment.

Fans booed Sebastian Singh after he drew with Siliveni Nawai in a middleweight contest on Saturday.

The reasoning behind it was it was not supposed to be a contest but a title fight

Both signed to fight at 72kg but while Nawai tipped the scale at 71.06kg on Friday, Singh weighed 74.55kg.

BCF allowed the fight to go on as a contest instead of a title fight.

This is not the first time that Singh has turned up overweight and the BCF not taking him to task.

He did the same in his scheduled fight against Franco Fraser, Rakuro Daunivavana and Bowyn Morgan in Christchurch, New Zealand in December.

Singh and his camp need to honour the deal like others as he can’t be different from the rest.

He is in a mould of making a name for himself in the sport but first he needs to get his act right.

The Suva-based boxer is currently a drawcard and he needs to make use of his popularity to grow the sport.

A lot of Fijians are avid boxing fans and they will pay to see quality fights which are properly organised.

We need to get back to where we used to be.

The late Leweni Waqa fought world heavyweight contender Jimmy Ellis in New York, Sakaraia Ve fought Commonwealth welterweight champion Clyde Gray here and London and Alipate Korovou won the Commonwealth middleweight title defeating Monty Betham in Suva.

Those were some of the glory moments of boxing.

We need to get back to where we once were.

Boxing needs a revamp, A new BCF and Singh can help plot the way forward for the sport.

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