Boxing

Ravudi Confident, Naidu Predicts Knockout Win

The stylish Naitasiri boxer is confident of beating Ronald Naidu when they fight for the vacant World Boxing Foundation’s Australasian super welterweight title at the Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on November 30.
23 Nov 2019 15:13
Ravudi Confident, Naidu Predicts Knockout Win
Ready to rumble: From left Fijian super welterweight champion Jese Ravudi shapes up with Ronald Naidu during a press conference at the Nadi Sports and Social Club on November 21, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

 

Fijian super welterweight champion Jese Ravudi is a man on a mission.

The stylish Naitasiri boxer is confident of beating Ronald Naidu when they fight for the vacant World Boxing Foundation’s Australasian super welterweight title at the Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on November 30.

Ravudi wants to claim his second title.

In 2015, Ravudi drew with Michael Mlacic for vacant Australia’s New South Wales State super lightweight title. Two months later he fought Cameroon Hammond for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Oceania welterweight title.

After two misses, he won the vacant Fijian super welterweight title after knocking out Rakuro Daunivavana in the seventh round.

“This is another very big opportunity,” Ravudi said.

“It’s going to be a different style of fight and I’ve changed my game plan.

“I won’t end the fight early but rule number one, don’t go for a knockout since you will look for that punch.

“I’m not going for a knockout, I want the fans to watch my boxing. It’s going to be a hard clean fight.”

Ravudi said he knows that Naidu is a slugger who is going to give his all.

“We were supposed to fight last year but Ronald did not turn up. I hope he will make it this time. I won’t underestimate him.”

Ravudi said Rakuro was no match for him since he was inexperienced.

“At the moment my morale is high. I thank Kiran Boxing Promotions and Simon (Naushad) for giving me the biggest fight of my life.”

Naidu who trains at the Mulomulo Boxing Club said preparations have been good.

“I expect a good clean fight from Jese. I’m ready to go. I’m predicting a sixth round knockout,” he added.

Naidu has been training under the watchful eyes of veteran trainer Chanchal Babba.

He had been having sparring sessions with hard hitters like Siliveni Nawai and crafty Fijian bantamweight champion Shamal Ram Anuj.

Naidu is chasing after his first Fijian title.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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