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‘Big Monday Fight’ Back

Plans are underway to revive the weekly amateur boxing competition in Suva on a Monday.
11 Jul 2020 15:08
‘Big Monday Fight’ Back
Fiji Amateur Boxing Association board member Martin Burrows (left) receiving their Safe Fiji Sports Accreditation from Permanent Secretary of Youth and Sports Maritino Nemani at the Nasoqo House, Suva on July 9,2020. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Plans are underway to revive the weekly amateur boxing competition in Suva on a Monday.

This was nothing new as the big ‘Monday Night Fights was a major attraction when the sport had a huge following in the late 1970s.

The first Monday night programme starts on July 20 in a East versus West showdown.

On Thursday, the Fiji Amateur Boxing Association (FABA) received their Sports Safe Fiji accreditation giving them the go ahead to start their competition.

Speaking to SUNports, FABA board member Martin Burrows said it has been a long time coming for the boxers.

“We were all fired up for competitions before the pandemic lockdown happened and we couldn’t do anything,” he said.

“Now with this accreditation we can host a boxing competition which will be on July 20.

“We’ll have to check if the boxers are registered and keeping in mind that we have to follow all health and safety protocols.”

Burrows said three months is quite a long time especially for the boxers.

“During the lockdown we advised the boxers to maintain their fitness by doing their personal training.

“There response was positive so most of them trained from their different villages and communities.

“We often call the boxers to check on their progress.”

Burrows added that the focus now is to educate the clubs on the safety and precautionary measures.

“We are happy to have received our accreditation and now we can open up gyms and start some training,” he said.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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