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Hill Set To Go

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Winston Hill is on a mission to kick start his professional career with a bang. The 28-year-old super welterweight boxer with a remarkable amateur boxing record and Olympian takes on stylish Rakuro Dauvavana in a six-round thriller.
20 Sep 2022 16:30
Hill Set To Go
Super welterweight boxer Winston Hill goes all out at the Boxing Hit Gym in Toorak, Suva, on September 19, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord.

The man who is believed to be the country’s next boxing drawcard after the days of Sakaraia Ve, Alipate Korovou, Josefa Ravudi, Frank Atu and Joy Ali is ready for his first professional fight at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva, this Saturday night.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Winston Hill is on a mission to kick start his professional career with a bang.

The 28-year-old super welterweight boxer with a remarkable amateur boxing record and Olympian takes on stylish Rakuro Dauvavana in a six-round thriller.

Speaking to SUNsports, yesterday, Hill said he is not going to settle for anything else but a win.

“I’m not here to muck around I want a title within my next three to four fights,” he said.

“There are not too many super welterweight boxers but I just want to keep chipping at the best.

So, whoever is at the top I’ll be going for them until I get the title shot.

“A lot of boxers that make their pro debut would pick an opponent with similar experience.

“As a professional fighter coming into the ring I’m coming in fully prepared, “I always use eight weeks in training camps preparing myself physically, mentally and emotionally.”

Hill said he needs to be in tip top shape against Dauvavana who has fought top welterweight boxers like Jese Ravudi, Sebastian Singh, Ronald Naidu, Krishna Mudaliar and Roy Ser of Vanuatu.

“I need to be mentally fit for the fight, I know going into the ring for the first time against a very experienced boxer like Rakuro will be tough.

“I’m stepping into this whole new arena as a professional boxer and as a boxing promoter at the same time.

“It’s a risky business coming in as a professional debut, “I don’t have any experience in the professional ranks but as an amateur I have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

“Rakuro is coming in with 13 fights and that’s a lot of experience in the professional ranks.

“He has gone the distance many times and fought a lot of big names in Fiji boxing.

“Rakuro has got wins, losses and draws but it has given him a lot of experience and he has to be respected.

“This will be a good fight because I’m fighting with one of the best boxers in the country.

“As a boxing promoter I’m learning the ropes under the guidance of (world rated trainer) Johnny Lewis along with promoters Hasmat Ali and Alan Andrews from Bula Boxing promotions.

They have been sharing their knowledge and experience.”

Hill had been training under renowned Australian trainer Lewis, who guided boxers like Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Harding and Virgill Hill to become world champions in their respective weight divisions.

Fenech won world titles in three weight divisions while Tsyzu dominated the lightweight divisions and Harding won the World Boxing Council (WBC) world light heavyweight title.

The official weigh-in is on Friday at Suva’s Terry Walk, at 10am.

The programme on Saturday starts with amateur boxing from 4pm to 5.30pm with the professional fights to take place from 5.30pm to 9pm.

Story By: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj



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