Raqili Wins Gold For Late Uncle

The lightweight boxer is a member of the Nakasi Boxing Club, Raqili has only been boxing for the past year and has five amateur fights.
28 Feb 2021 12:09
Raqili Wins Gold For Late Uncle
Atama Raqili.

Atama Raqili’s gold medal at the TJ’s Golden Gloves Boxing Championship was a pleasant surprise.

And the 19-year-old from Qelewara, Namuka, Macuata, dedicated his medal to his late uncle and namesake.

The late Raqili (Snr) once held the South Seas middleweight title and the Fiji’s super middleweight title.

He had beaten top boxers like Buli Raiwalui, Nat Ledua, Paula Tuilau, Jale Ligavai, Lorima Niumataiwalu. He fought world rated boxers like Rick Thornberry, Guy Waters and Sean Sullivan and lost on points.

Raqili (Snr) passed away in 2018.

And now Raqili is following in his footsteps.

The lightweight boxer is a member of the Nakasi Boxing Club.

Raqili has only been boxing for the past year and has five amateur fights.

“I wanted to do boxing so that I will carry on my namesake’s legacy,” he said.

“He was a great boxer so I would like to show my family that I can be like him, if not better.

“So I want to dedicate my medal to my family, my grandparents and especially to my namesake. I know he is watching me from above.”

The two – day championship held at the Commander Brown Gym and Fitness Ventre ended last night.

There were 29 gold medals awarded along with the silvers and bronze.



Fiji Amateur Boxing Association (FABA) president, Manasa Baravilala, was grateful for a successful event.

The TJ’s Golden Gloves championship was a first for FABA.

And they look forward to another year of developing competitive boxers.

“Firstly, I would like to thank the clubs, without the clubs and the boxers, all this was not possible,”Baravilala said.

“The medals and trophies that have been brought in to recognise the hard work put in by the coaches and the boxers.

“We are very pleased at our progress.

“Also to the  administrators of FABA, because they are the greater part of this tournament throughout the year, also the referring and judging for putting this tournament together.

“The biggest change to the national championship is these young boxers, the youth.

“So many youths have appeared and participated and that is where the future is for us, the development of these young boxers,” he added.



He indicated the pathway that was established for them to be able enter national level.

Baravilala also acknowledged past administrators of FABA for their contribution to the sport.

“I want to thank the board members and all those that have come before us.

“We are just building on that success.

“The success has been unprecedented.

“Our plan is to continue building here and also introduce more grassroot level and to the junior level, that is where we see the potential.

“Boxing we are not receiving any funding at all, from international federation or Oceania, so this the testimony to the people that we have from the various clubs throughout Fiji to the board level on the amount of work that has gone into the development of amateur boxing in Fiji.”

FABA will start its Monday night fights on March 15.



Sub Junior Under 11 – Ocean Ledua(G), under 13 – Meli Buinimasi (G), Hiram Qaloiwasa (S), Stephen Ledua (G), Under 15 – Joe Nesta Kolitapa(G), Under 15 & 16 – Ankeet Singh (G), Panapasa Tamanitoakula (G), Youth: Under 17 & 18, Atama Raqili(G), Flyweight – Ronil Prakash (G).


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