Boxing

Ravudi Survives Road Accident To Win Fiji Super Welterweight Title

“Before I came to the fight our minibus tumbled at Navo in Nadi. “I was sleeping and was awoken by the women who were shouting for help. I’m lucky to be alive.”
28 Oct 2019 16:49
Ravudi Survives Road Accident To Win Fiji Super Welterweight Title
New Fijian super welterweight champion Jese Ravudi (centre) with South Pacific Boxing Promotions director Mohammed Shameem (second from left) at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on October 26, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Boxer Jese Ravudi survived a road mishap on his way to knockout Rakuro Daunivavana in the seventh round and claim the vacant Fiji super welterweight title on Saturday night.

The vehicle Ravudi was travelling in lost control and tumbled at Navo outside Nadi.

“I thank God,” he said.

“Before I came to the fight our minibus tumbled at Navo in Nadi. “I was sleeping and was awoken by the women who were shouting for help. I’m lucky to be alive.”

Ravudi said he was fit for the fight and used his experience to outbox Daunivavana.

“I had the power and endurance to finish the fight. I thank Rakuro for giving me a good challenge. As I said before regarding this fight the only difference is that Rakuro lacks experience.”

The former Sydney-based fighter worked on Daunivavana’s body in the first opening rounds to slow him down.

“I knew that he felt those body punches. He started dropping his hands and this allowed me to land my combination of punches to the head which saw him go down.”

Ravudi said he had been preparing for the fight for the last six months.

“I returned from Australian and waited for this title fight for the past four years.”

The 27-year-old is the son of former Fijian light heavyweight champion Joe ‘Hitman’ Ravudi.

“It is sad that my dad is not here since he is working but I thank him for his guidance in the sport,” he added

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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