Farzan (Snr) will be re­mem­bered: Ap­pana

Fiji Sun - - SPORT - LEONE CABENATABU­A Edited by Sere­ana Salalo Feed­back: leonec@fi­jisun.com.fj

The coun­try’s box­ing fra­ter­nity mourns the death of former boxer, trainer and pro­moter Farzan Ali (Snr). Speak­ing to SUNs­ports yes­ter­day Box­ing Commission of Fiji (BCF) pres­i­dent, Sub­hash Ap­pana said Farzan (Snr) was a pop­u­lar and a much-re­spected boxer in the early 1970s.

“He was known for his rugged­ness and no-non­sense style,” Ap­pana re­called.

“As was the case with most Fi­jian cham­pi­ons in the lower divi­sions at the time, the ar­rival of Sakaraia Ve af­ter the Guam South Pa­cific Games in 1975, moved the box­ing spot­light onto the diminu­tive man from Ovalau.

“Farzan (Snr) con­tin­ued to en­joy the re­spect of the box­ing fra­ter­nity as he made the tran­si­tion to box­ing trainer.”

As trainer Farzan groomed his two sons, the late Joy ‘The Jet’ Ali and Junior ‘The Ra­zor’ Farzan Ali. They started their train­ing in Vatuwaqa, Suva, and con­tin­ued on in Nadi.

He be­came a pro­moter un­der the Pro­fes­sional Box­ing & Wrestling

As­so­ci­a­tion (PBWA) in 1999 and staged his first pro­mo­tion at Subrail Park, Labasa.

Joy was rated No.15 by the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) in 2005 af­ter he won and de­fended the Pan Asian Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (PABA) su­per wel­ter­weight ti­tle in Suva. “The broth­ers carved their names on the lo­cal as well as the in­ter­na­tional box­ing cir­cuits.

“In fact, both them helped in­ject much-needed adrenalin into box­ing at a time when the sport was vir­tu­ally dead.

“Farzan’s (Snr) ded­i­ca­tion, per­se­ver­ance and sac­ri­fices made him an icon who will not be eas­ily for­got­ten.

“The Box­ing Commission of Fiji ex­tends its pro­found grat­i­tude and heart­felt con­do­lences to Farzan Ali’s fam­ily. So long champ.

“Thank you for the mem­o­ries. You will not be for­got­ten,” added Ap­pana.

Farzan (Snr) passed away at Nadi Hos­pi­tal the age of 71 and was buried at the Ena­manu Ceme­tery yes­ter­day.

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