Big Test Looms For Our Champ Kauyaca

Kauyaca, who is dubbed ‘Mini Mike Tyson’ is renowned for his big knockout punches.
27 Jan 2021 10:03
Big Test Looms For Our Champ Kauyaca
Fijian cruiserweight champion Alivereti Kauyaca at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva, on January 8, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Fijian cruiserweight champion, Alivereti Kauyaca, needs to build-up on his stamina before his first title defence against veteran Joseph Kwadjo on March 20 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

Kauyaca, who is dubbed ‘Mini Mike Tyson’ is renowned for his big knockout punches.

The Bukuya, Ba, native had an unbeaten record of four wins and a draw from his five professional fights. Three of the four wins have been on knockouts.

Impressive as it looks but his big test will come against Kwadjo.

The warning signals for Kauyaca to increase his stamina came from his last two fights.

The first was his title fight against Filimoni Naliva Jnr on February 29, last year.

Naliva had the upper hand going into the fourth round after surviving a tough three rounds.

However, disaster struck when Naliva dislocated his shoulder in the fifth round and was not able to continue.

“I saw that he (Kauyaca) was beginning to breathe heavily and I was taking control of the fight when my shoulder popped” Naliva said after the fight when he issued a statement calling for a return fight.

And again in November, when a clash of heads against Eroni Ligaloa in the fourth round brought an abrupt end to their most anticipated fight.

Ligaloa seemed to be working on a fight plan of tiring Kauyaca down and taking the fight to the later rounds.

However, lady luck was on Kauyaca’s side as the clash of heads ended the fight and he won because he had a narrow lead on the judges’ scorecards.

Trained by his dad and former Fijian heavyweight champion Silovate Rasaku Jnr, Kauyaca should be in tip-top shape against an experienced Kwadjo.

The Ghanaian boxer from Osu is fighting hard to revive his career after losing the light heavyweight title to Savenaca Naliva.

Kwadjo has bitten the bullet to fight in the cruiserweight division as he knows a big win over Kauyaca, cements his claim for a return fight against Naliva. This will ensure a big pay day as well.

For sure, the Suva-based boxer is going to exploit Kauyaca’s lack of experience by pushing for the fight to go the distance.

This is his chance of a big knockout win.

For Kauyaca, he must not rely on his one knockout punch to do the job in the early rounds.

He has to fight smart.

This is where he needs to focus on increasing his stamina- strength and energy.

This will allow him to sustain physical or mental effort for long periods of time.

Increasing his stamina will also help Kauyaca endure discomfort or stress during their 10-round fight, which is expected to be a torrid encounter.

It also reduces fatigue and exhaustion.

Having high stamina allows Kauyaca to perform at a higher level while using less energy.

This is a big step for the champion, if he does it right then nothing is stopping him from maintaining his unbeaten record on the night.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola


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