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Naidu, Ravudi For WBF Title Fight

Two title fights set for November 28 programme in Nadi
19 Sep 2020 13:29
Naidu, Ravudi For WBF Title Fight
From left: Mulomulo Boxing Club trainer Chanchal Babba, World Boxing Foundation co-ordinatior Simon Naushad, Ronald Naidu, Boxing Comission of Fiji West director Usman Ali, promoter Ben Krishna, Jese Ravudi, Tomu Gaunavou, Siliveni Nawai at the Hotel Martintar in Nadi on September 16, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

In a rematch Fijian welterweight champion Ronald Naidu will take on Jese Ravudi for the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Asia Pacific super welterweight title at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on November 28.

In their first clash, Naidu won on an unanimous points’ decision.

The main supporting bout sees Fijian super middleweight champion Tomu Gaunavou facing Siliveni Nawai in his first title defence.

The two main fights were unveiled during the launch of the Kiran Boxing Promotions programme at the Hotel Martintar, Nadi, on Wednesday.

WBF coordinator and matchmaker Simon Naushad said: “This is a great opportunity of bringing the Asia Pacific title to Fiji.

“This is a very big fight looking at it from the South Pacific level,” he said.

“Naidu is the holder for the Australasian title and is now happy to be upgraded to the Asia Pacific title.”

Promoter Ben Krishna said there are six-top fights for the night and it has been sanctioned by the Boxing Commission of Fiji.

“Rugby and football are pulling a lot of crowds. This is the first boxing promotion for 2020 and we are expecting a large crowd. We are obliged to make it through for the love of the sport.”

BCF board member Usman Ali thanked Government for giving the green light.

“We sorted all avenues in holding this programme. All the referees and judges will be local. They are fit to go as previously only overseas ones will come.”

Ali added they are also looking at programme to end at 9pm, which is two hours away from the curfew time of 11pm.

Other fights:

8×3 mins rounds: Abhay Chand v Senidoko; 6×3 mins rounds: Filimoni Jnr Naliva v Apisai Naciqa, Shamal Ramanuj v Rahul Kumar, Women’s bout: Visila Kolitapa v Katrina Singh.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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