Boxing

‘Boxing Suits Me’

Jone Davule Koroilagilagi wants to end 2020 with a bang tomorrow at the TJ’s Golden Gloves Championship
20 Dec 2020 15:38
‘Boxing Suits Me’
Jone Davule Koroilagilagi at the launch of the TJ’s Golden Gloves championship on December 16, 2020 . Photo: Sereana Salalo

Jone Davule Koroilagilagi wants to end 2020 on a high.

And the Natauloa,Nairai, Lomaiviti policeman wants to begin the new season with a solid start at the TJ’s Golden Gloves Championship tomorrow.

The Fiji Amateur Boxing Association-sanctioned event, which has been running for the past

few months, will culminate with the semifinals and finals at the Comdr Stanley Brown Gym and Fitness Centre in Walu Bay, Suva.

With maternal links to Nasilai, Nakelo, Tailevu he wants to be the first for his family to make a name in the sport.

And he has been on track so far competing with Winston Hill in the Olympic qualifier in Amman, Jordan in March.

Last year he won Australian King of the Ring in the light welterweight division and silver medal at the Pacific Games in Samoa.

He also competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and won bronze at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in 2017.

Since taking up the sport five years ago, the 24-year-old said, through hard work, he’s confident the best has yet to come.

“I’m looking forward to the Golden Gloves Championship after the Sukuna Bowl boxing competition was cancelled last week,”he said.

“I’ve been training hard as this will be my first Golden Gloves, I want to win and looking forward to the new season. I’m on the right course so far and I wanted to finish 2020 with a bang on Monday.”

He was hooked to the sport while attending Assemblies of God High School in Nasinu.

“I’ve played rugby, rugby league but I think boxing is different and it suits me,” he said.

“It teaches me discipline, respect and not to underestimate anyone.

“I want to make a mark and inspire young people to take up the sport.”

Koroilagilagi added self-discipline was key. Preparation does not only include training but diet as well.

He has avoided eating high carbohydrate foods since he started boxing.

He said he has never regretted taking up the sport five years ago.

“Everything is possible when God is in control as you will see the world, go places you can only dream of,”Koroilagilagi said.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

2016: joined national training squad

2017: Pacific Mini Games, Vanuatu – bronze medalist;

2018: Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia;

2019: Australia King of the Ring winner, Sydney, Pacific Games silver medalist, Samoa;

2020: Olympic qualifier, Amman, Jordan

na, Oceania 1 and Americas 2.

Feedback:  sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

 



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