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Champion Siliveni Nawai Faces Aussie Boxer, Michael Zerafa

Nawai, the Tubeinasolo, Nawaka native along with another two local professional boxers and two trainers flew out Wednesday for Melbourne for tonight’s bout. “This is a big fight for me and I hope I can do well,” Nawai said.
17 Dec 2021 11:15
Champion Siliveni Nawai Faces Aussie Boxer, Michael Zerafa
From left: Ratu Isikia Rogoyawa, Siliveni Nawai, Zia Nisha, Simon Naushad, Jone Loloma, Ronald Naidu, and Chanchal Babba Kumar at the Nadi International Airport. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji’s champion boxer Siliveni Nawai is expected to be on the top of his game when he takes on Michael Zerafa for the World Boxing Association Oceania middleweight title in Victoria, Australia today.

Nawai, the Tubeinasolo, Nawaka native along with another two local professional boxers and two trainers flew out Wednesday for Melbourne for tonight’s bout.

“This is a big fight for me and I hope I can do well,” Nawai said.

 

“I have been training for some time. My opponent is a champion boxer but anything can happen in the ring,” he said.

The team includes Ratu Isikia Rogoyawa, Ronald Naidu and two trainers Chanchal Babba Kumar and Jone Loloma.

Naidu faces undefeated Kayne Clarke in the super lightweight category while Rogoyawa, a two-time silver medallist in the Fiji amateur division takes on Benjamin Bommber in the super middleweight for his pro debut.

 

While Jone Loloma trained Rogoyawa, Nawai and Naidu trained with Kumar at the Mulomulo Boxing Club.

This programme was made possible by WBF Asia Pacific match maker/coordinator Simon Naushad and Australian counterpart Justin Kennedy.

The bouts are part of the SLB Fight night by promoter Sam Labruna at the Ultima Function Centre, Keilor Park, Victoria. Naushad said it was a mammoth task to look after the logistics but was so lucky their visa arrived on time.

 

“I thank the ministry for releasing the vax certificates early.

PCR tests were conducted and all protocols followed to enter Australia and back to Fiji,” he said.
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