Boxing feast for fans

Jerry Tuwai pictured with fans from left, Saula Naicori, Paulo Ratumaikoro, Saimoni Ratu and Nathan Singh at the SportsWorld outlet in Suva on Saturday, June 03, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

“We are calling out to all boxing fans to come out next week Saturday and support our local boxers.”

Two-time Olympic Games gold medallist Jerry Tuwai made the call to the people of Fiji to witness a quality display of boxing as the 2023 FMF Boxing Series, billed under the Tuwai Boxing Promotion and Tuwai Investment Pte, takes place at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva next Saturday.

“We have a list of good fights scheduled for next Saturday, so we are excited for the event to kick start,” Tuwai said.

“I know all the boxers who will be participating in the event have been training very hard, and I just want to thank them for their dedication.”

There will be a total of 14 boxing bouts next Saturday, with seven amateur bouts and seven professional bouts.

The main bout of the night will have Winston Hill up against Jese Ravudi for the Fijian Super Welterweight title.

Hill, who represented Fiji at the 2016 Olympic Games and is a bronze medallist from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, is making second professional bout.

Ravudi, a seasoned boxer from Lomaivuna, Naitasiri is Fiji’s number one ranked super welterweight boxer.

Another exciting bout will see Fiji self-proclaimed ‘Prince’, Nathan Singh take on Masing Warawara of Vanuatu.

According to Tuwai, he had formed Tuwai Investment Pte to help develop sports in Fiji and provide a pathway for youths to chase a career in different sports.

“To be able to help develop sports in Fiji and provide sporting opportunities for youths,” he said of the company’s aim.

He said the event also served as a preparation platform for boxers who will be representing the country at overseas tournaments in the coming months.

“We have a lot of overseas tournaments coming up, and this will help prepare those who will be representing the country at these tournaments.

“For example, we have the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands at the end of the year, and we have a few boxers who will be representing Fiji there.”

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