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Don’t Count Out Our Boxers In Birmingham

Boxing won the country’s second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
24 Jul 2022 10:18
Don’t Count Out Our Boxers In Birmingham
From left: Section manager Thomas Johansen, Jone Koroilagilagi, Elia Rokobuli, Camm Todd and Osea Nanovu at Fantasy Island in Nadi. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

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Boxing won the country’s second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

It was at the 1982 Commonwealth Games where light heavyweight boxer Sani Fine beat Uganda’s Jonathan Kirisa to win gold in Brisbane, Australia.

Then again at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, where Winston Hill won the bronze medal.

With the country’s medal hopes pinned on our men’s and women’s sevens rugby teams, then we should not rule out our boxers’ chances.

The two boxers Jone Koroilagilagi who is fighting in the featherweight and Elia Rokobuli in the lightweight have been training hard under the watchful eyes of New Zealand trainer Cameron Todd, fondly known as Cam Todd within the world boxing circles.

In an earlier interview with SUNsports, Todd said he was honored to be given the opportunity to coach the two boxers.

“The last five or six years I’ve been wanting to help boxers from the Pacific Islands because the Oceania region doesn’t really look after the islands very well, so I wanted to give something back,” Todd said.

Two years ago, Todd was invited to conduct a coaching course in Suva where he had good connection with the people, coaches and boxers.

He had warned the boxers that fighting at the Commonwealth Games was no easy ride.

“It’s always difficult especially with COVID, there haven’t been much competition. So that’s always a big part as I have only three months to work. But with a lot being said, I must make sure that I can do everything I can to put them in the best position to get them to the tournament.”

Koroilagilagi is an experienced boxer who won the King of the Ring competition in Sydney, Australia, in 2019 where he trained under the great Johnny Lewis.

He also won a silver medal at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. Rokobuli, who hails from Namuka-i-Lau, has been involved in the sport the past six years. He represented Fiji at the 2019 Pacific Games, where he won a bronze medal.

“It was good exposure and I am hoping to do well and bring a gold medal home from the Commonwealth Games,” he said in an earlier interview.

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