Chand to do Navosa proud

Fiji Sun - - Sports - WAISEA NASOKIA Edited by Leone Cabenatabua leonec@fi­jisun.com.fj

Vet­eran mid­dleweight boxer Ab­hay Chand car­ries the hopes of the peo­ple of Navosa as he faces Te­vita Li­gaitukana in the main bout of the Ki­ran Boxing Pro­mo­tions at Ti­lak High School hall, Lautoka tonight.

Chand, 38, is af­ter a ti­tle fight next year and a win over Li­gaitukuna is a step closer to this dream.

“I’m looking for­ward to a ti­tle fight next year,” Chand said. “It’s great to have Te­vita back and he’s out to prove him­self. Boxing is an art and a sport but I wish to do my talk­ing in the ring but this does not take away our friend­ship from those good old ama­teur days.” Chand was in top form as he tipped the scale at 71.5 kilo­grammes dur­ing the of­fi­cial weigh-in in Lautoka yes­ter­day while Li­gaitukuna failed to make the weight limit.

It’s un­der­stood that ne­go­ti­a­tions in­volv­ing both camps and the Boxing Com­mis­sion of Fiji of­fi­cials took place where they fi­nally reached a com­pro­mise. Chand said prepa­ra­tion has been go­ing well.

“Fight­ing for my province of Navosa is al­ways an hon­our. Once again I hope the re­sult will be in my favour.”

Chand has fought 38 pro­fes­sional fights, with 19 wins (12 KOs), 15 losses (11 KOs) and four draws. Li­gaitukana who is fight­ing out of the Jittu Boxing Sta­ble, lost to Chand in 2010 in Nadi by knock­out and hopes to turn the table around. The 40-year-old ear­lier told this news­pa­per that he is de­ter­mine to show who the real cham­pion is. Pro­moter Ben Kr­ishna said they’re there to pro­mote the sport in the suagr city.

“There should be equal pro­mo­tion of sports in Lautoka but this has been over­looked by pro­mot­ers in the past,” he said.

“Back in Fiji’s boxing his­tory Lautoka was also the mecca of lo­cal boxing.”

Lautoka was known to have pro­duced top box­ers like Luke ‘Ya­sawa Con­nec­tion’ Tui, Aisea Ravula, Jale Fotu, Jere­maia Tadu, Akuila Naidu, Joeli ‘Sweet Sugar’ Sauqaqa, Saula Monovesi, Niko Degei, Silio Tiko and the list goes on. Tonight’s event is spon­sored by Par­vati Cater­ing and sup­ported by Ki­ran Palace, Ki­ran Bot­tle Shop, Ho­tel Mart­in­tar and KK’s Hard­ware.

On Photo: Kathrin Kr­ishna

From left: Boxing Com­mis­sion of Fiji chair­man Bu­lu­tani Matai, Ab­hay Chand, Te­vita Li­gaitukana with BCF Western man­ager Shalvin Singh at the of­fi­cial weigh-in at Ki­ran Palace, Lautoka Novem­ber 10, 2017.

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