Porirua teens move up fast in new-found sport

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORTS - By KRIS DANDO

Placid and quiet out­side the box­ing ring, quick and ex­plo­sive inside – that’s ‘Rocky’ and ‘But­ter­fly’.

The two Porirua teenagers, who box for the Rebel club, based in Kenepuru, won their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions at the Welling­ton cham­pi­onships on Au­gust 18.

‘Rocky’ Ioane Ane, 19, took out the wel­ter­weight division while ‘But­ter­fly’ Sa­gato Fa­ga­soaia, 14, won the ju­nior mid­dleweight sec­tion.

It was just re­ward for the hard work the pair have put in these past months, their coach Owen Fa­ga­soaia says. They have the up­com­ing Manawatu champs to fur­ther their craft, with both only tak­ing up the gloves last year.

‘‘They started train­ing in my back­yard – I just put up a [box­ing] bag and it went from there,’’ says coach Fa­ga­soaia.

‘‘Some guys have given up along the way but these two have the com­mit­ment and the self­de­ter­mi­na­tion to go a long way in this sport. They lis­ten and have good heads on their shoul­ders.’’

Ane says he loves the self­dis­ci­pline and fit­ness as­pects of be­ing a pugilist, while Fa­ga­soaia says the feel­ing of rep­re­sent­ing Rebel and win­ning for his club make the train­ing pay off.

They both at­tend Rebel three nights a week and say the club at­mos­phere de­mands ef­fort and self-dis­ci­pline. Both paid trib­ute to their coach.

The young fight­ers will likely both go to na­tion­als in Auck­land next month, al­though Ane may not be el­i­gi­ble be­cause he has less than 10 fights un­der his belt.

But­ter­fly & Rocky: Sa­gato Fa­ga­soaia and Ioane Ane are on their way up in the box­ing world, eye­ing the na­tional champs af­ter win­ning re­gional ti­tles re­cently.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.