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Ex-Amateur Boxing Star To Make Pro Debut

Bantamweight boxer Nathan Singh said he is looking forward to a “tough and competitive” professional debut against veteran Ritesh Goundar at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.
15 Oct 2019 12:41
Ex-Amateur Boxing Star To Make Pro Debut
Nathan Singh doing his weight training with strength and conditioning coach Jordan Pillay at the Metro Gym in Suva on October 14, 2019. Photo: Sheldon Chanel

National amateur boxing star Nathan Singh is ready to make his professional debut on October 26.

Bantamweight boxer Nathan Singh said he is looking forward to a “tough and competitive” professional debut against veteran Ritesh Goundar at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

The two meet as part of a South Pacific Boxing Promotions event in a bantamweight undercard to the light-heavyweight title fight between Joseph Kwadjo and Savenaca Naliva.

Singh, whose elder brother Sebastian is the current Fiji middleweight champion, will be the underdog given the 37-year-old Goundar’s superior record and experience.

However, the 19-year-old will draw confidence from his impressive 18-0-0 amateur record.

Singh also has a point prove after he was dropped without any explanation from the Pacific Games squad in the eleventh hour despite being one of country’s gold medal prospects.

The Suva boxer believes he can cause an upset at Prince Charles Park to start his professional career on a high note.

“I’m feeling really fit and strong and I’ve done the hard yards. He has more experience but I’m going for a win,” Singh said.

“My dream was to fight in the Olympic Games but people made that difficult for me so I ended up turning pro and I’m really looking forward to this fight.

“I’ve studied my opponent well and I think he’s a good fighter too and I respect him. But the sport is as such that you have to believe you’re the best otherwise you’re in the wrong sport.”

Goundar has fought 12 professional bouts, with a record of three wins, eight losses and a draw.

His last fight was against Australia’s Kaleb Kozak in a feather weight contest, which he lost on a unanimous points decision.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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