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Boxers Deserve Better: Ali

Boxing Council of Fiji director (West) Usman Ali is calling for better training facilities and support to assist in upgrading local boxers’ standard.
15 Aug 2022 16:00
Boxers Deserve Better: Ali
Siliveni Nawai connects to Abhay Chand during their title fight. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Boxing Council of Fiji director (West) Usman Ali is calling for better training facilities and support to assist in upgrading local boxers’ standard.

Ali was at the South Pacific Boxing Programme at Prince Charles Park on Saturday evening when lightweight champion Savenaca Naliva lost on knockout in round three to former International Boxing Council super-middleweight title holder Renold Quinlan.

Earlier in the Programme, Australia- based Fijian Puna Rasaubale floored local Esira Natotomu in the second round in their heavyweight contest.

The main International cruiserweight contest between Quinlan and Fiji lightweight champion Naliva was a 10 round by 3 minute bout.

Rasaubale and Natotomu were listed for a six round by three minute contest. “Our boxers need more training facilities and better preparation to bring up their standards,” Ali said.

“In overseas COVID-19 did not affect boxes’ preparation but here our boxers are affected. It is because we do not have good training facilities and the works,” he said.

“It is obvious that the overseas boxers are up to standard; BCF and promoters need to support boxing.”

Meanwhile it was a toe to toe fight in the main bout, Quinlan in the first round worked Naliva out; he did not waste punches with his timed shots. In the second round, Naliva was put on the ropes, a few body shots put him in the corner.

Naliva was hurt and Quinlan knew he could finish him. In the third round, he did not leave him for too long to get the job done – he gave a shot straight up and then a left hook followed by another straight up.

Naliva was down with blood flowing out of his nose. Referee Justin Kennedy counted and stopped the contest.

Naliva said, “After this fight I have to bounce back, he (Quinlan) is still a world champion boxer. I have tried him now and he is still there.

He has the experience; for me it was my fitness that did not match. He indicated that he would go for a rematch but needed to prepare well.

On the other hand, on track for a comeback in the IBO Quinlan said, “I’m overwhelmed with the results. I came here to fight. I did not take any shortcuts.”

“It was a step up for me. I think I will come back in December to put on another big show. If he (Naliva)

Wants a rematch then I’m ready to fight. I can come back here to fight. I want to bring boxing back to life in Fiji

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