Boxing

Korolevu ‘Beast’ Singh To Fight For Heavyweight Title

Singh who recently beat Qica on a fifth round TKO has been given the opportunity for a title fight.
12 Jul 2019 15:57
Korolevu ‘Beast’ Singh To Fight For Heavyweight Title
From left: James Singh, South Pacific Boxing Promotions promoter Freddy Chand, Abhay Chand, Petero Qica, SPBP director Mohammed Shameem at Nair’s Dais in Nadi on June 30, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The much-awaited Fijian heavyweight title fight between holder Petero Qica and James Singh is now set for October 26.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday South Pacific Boxing Promotions promoter Freddy Chand said they have sent their list of match making to the Boxing Commission of Fiji.

“We’re waiting for the Commission to sanction the programme,” he said.

Singh who recently beat Qica on a fifth round TKO has been given the opportunity for a title fight.

“James has proven himself and deserves to have a title shot.”

Chand said in their list they have three title fights but only two would take place.

He highlighted that they are interested in staging the Fiji light heavyweight title fight between Savenaca Naliva and Joseph Kwadjo on the same programme.

“This will only go ahead if Naliva is able to bring his weight down to 79 kilogrammes.

“In their last fight he weighed in at 83kg. So we are giving him two weeks to bring his weight down but if fails to do so then we have other options.”

Chand said they are also working on staging the Fijian super welterweight title fight between Rakuro Daunivavana and Jese Ravudi.

“This fight will only happen if the Naliva- Kwadjo clash falls through.”

Meanwhile, veteran boxing trainer John Ramos said the failure of Fijian middleweight champion Sebastian Singh from meeting the weight limit of his title defence against Siliveni Nawai was a low blow to the sport.

“There are boxing rules to take care of that. Firstly, he must be stripped off the title and for the fight to go as a contest. Also they must deduct 15 percent from his purse and it should be given to the other boxer (opponent) since he has made the weight.”

Ramos who is now based in Canada trained boxing greats like Sakaraia Ve, Wili Tarika and the list goes on.

Ve was rated in the top 10 of the welterweight division of the World Boxing Council in the late 1970s.

Edited by  Grace Narayan

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