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TOP CONTENDER SEALS DEAL TO CHAL­LENGE FI­JIAN HEAVY­WEIGHT CHAM­PION PETERO QICA IN NADI ON OC­TO­BER 26

Fiji Sun - - Sport - WAISEA NASOKIA Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a Photo: Waisea Nasokia

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Heavy­weight top contender Vil­imoni Ta­ganikoro has signed the con­tract to chal­lenge the na­tional ti­tle held by Petero Qica on Oc­to­ber 26 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

Speak­ing to SUNs­ports yes­ter­day South Pa­cific Box­ing Pro­mo­tions pro­moter Freddy Chand said the fight is go­ing to be a cracker since Ta­ganikoro has been the num­ber one contender for the ti­tle.

“The Fiji heavy­weight ti­tle fight is fi­nally on,” he said. Ta­ganikoro stepped in af­ter chal­lenger James Singh’s team pulled out of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­cause of dif­fer­ences over the purse.

Chand in­di­cated that they are now go­ing full swing in pro­mot­ing the pro­gramme and they wish Singh and his man­ager well for the fu­ture.

Ta­ganikoro said the ti­tle fight with Qica has been long over­due.

“I had wanted to fight Qica for a long time. Some­how I had this feel­ing that it was com­ing closer and I had started train­ing last month,” he said.

The 37-year-old Bukuya, Ba na­tive said he’s grate­ful to the pro­moter for giv­ing him a chance to fight for the Fiji ti­tle. The pro­gramme will have three ti­tle fights. The main bout is the much- awaited re­turn fight be­tween Save­naca Naliva and Joseph Kwadjo for the va­cant Fi­jian light heavy­weight ti­tle while the Fi­jian su­per wel­ter­weight fight is be­tween stylish Jese Ravudi and Rakuro Dau­ni­va­vana.

Chand added that boxers have am­ple time to make the weight limit.

From left: Heavy­weight boxer Vil­imoni Ta­ganikoro signs the con­tract with South Pa­cific Box­ing Pro­mo­tions pro­moter Freddy Chand in Nadi on Au­gust 5, 2019.

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