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Mudaliar Wants Title ‘Mess’ Cleared

Controversy over the rightful hold­ers of boxing titles has again reared its ugly head. Suva boxer Krishnil Mudaliar claimed yesterday that he is the holder of the Fiji lightweight title.
21 Jun 2022 14:00
Mudaliar Wants Title ‘Mess’ Cleared
From left: Junior Farzan Ali and Krishnil Mudaliar during the official weigh in at Ratu Sukuna Park, Suva, March 13, 2020 and held behind them is the Super Feathwereight title. Photo: File Photo.

Controversy over the rightful hold­ers of boxing titles has again reared its ugly head.

Suva boxer Krishnil Mudaliar claimed yesterday that he is the holder of the Fiji lightweight title.

“I won that title from Junior Farzan Ali at the Vodafone Arena in Suva on March 14, 2020,” he said.

“After the fight, I was given the wrong title, which was the super featherweight and it belonged to my brother Sachin.

“I was told that I’ll be given the right one later. I accepted that in good faith as we are all humans and we make mis­takes.”

Mudaliar said the only reason he came out publicly was because of the recent of­ficial launch of the Fiji lightweight title fight between Nathan Singh and Ronald Naidu by Bula Boxing Promotion on July 9 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

“That title is not vacant because I’ve not given it up. I’m the champion still wait­ing to be given the title. I need to be de­fending it. This is a mess.”

According to BoxRec, the Mudaliar v Farzan fight in March 2020 was for the Fiji lightweight title.

When contacted Boxing of Fiji chair­man Subhash Appana said the March 14, 2020 fight poster didn’t show it as a title fight.

“The programme however shows it as a S (Super)-Featherweight title fight,” he said.

“Anyway, neither (Usman) Lale (BCF di­rector) nor Krishnil ever raised with me that he had to be belted later.

“I never knew about this, but was aware that Krishnil had a title.

“I called Krishnil’s brother Sachin about his belt and he said he couldn’t make weight anymore. I then asked about Krishnil and he said Kris was also in the same boat.

“We then declared both belts vacant and one is up for July 9. Tomu Gaunavou gave up his super middleweight title for the same reasons.”

Appana said another issue was that box­ers have been demanding for high purses of $8000 and this resulted in their failure to defend their titles within the stipulat­ed 12 months and are stripped of it.

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