Boxing

‘The Beast’ Wants To Win First Title

The hard-hitting Singh has been training hard for the last four weeks after he handed Fijian heavyweight champion Petero Qica Jnr his first loss.
23 Nov 2019 15:11
‘The Beast’ Wants To Win First Title
Heavyweight boxer James ‘The Beast’ Singh trains at the Nadi Sports and Social Club on November 21, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Heavyweight boxer James Singh who is dubbed ‘The Beast’ is hungry to win his first title at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on November 30.

The 24-year-old faces Jonasa Kavika for the vacant World Boxing Foundation Australasian heavyweight title under the Kiran Boxing Promotions banner.

The hard-hitting Singh has been training hard for the last four weeks after he handed Fijian heavyweight champion Petero Qica Jnr his first loss.

“This fight is important for my boxing career,” Singh said while training at the Nadi Sports and Social Club on Thursday.

“It will be a tough fight. Jonasa comes from a boxing family and we’re both from Nadroga and this title will stay in our province.

“It’s funny how people react. I had a banner at one of the shops and someone went and burned my photo and for this I will prove myself come November 30.”

Singh thanked the promoter Ben Krishna, his family, fans and sponsors Beach House.

On the other hand, 24-year-old Kavika has opted to keep a low profile.

The upcoming slugger comes from a boxing family.

His granddad Tomasi Kavika was a former Fijian light heavyweight champion while his uncle Mosese Kavika held the Fijian heavyweight title for over two decades.

His dad Paula was a top heavyweight contender before he switched to playing rugby.

“I’m looking forward to this fight as I want to continue the tradition left behind by my elders in the sport of boxing,” he said.

“I know I still have a long way to go but to fight champion boxers like James Singh, who has beaten Petero Qica, is going to be a good experience for me.

“This is a good time for me to be tested,” the Narata, Nadroga native said.

Singh had six bouts under his belt with four KO wins and two losses since turning professional in 2018. Kavika has a similar record as well.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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