HERALD WEEKLY ISSUE 570:29 June 2011

Fight night back on

Boxers will be back in action at the Banana Court on Thursday 19 May and the action kicks off at 7pm.
Entry fee will be $5 for adults and $2 for children.
The Cook Islands Amateur Boxing Association (CIABA) made the announcement at its Executive meeting on Tuesday.
The Tahitian team is arriving in June for an officially sanctioned tournament and next week will be the opportunity for local boxers to make the national team.
Local boxers to look out for are Matthew Titoa whose match up with Eddie Daniel at the last local tournament resulted in a complaint of low hits being lodged with the Boxing Judiciary. Bernard, the super heavyweight is improving with each bout. His weight was once 130kg but is now down to 102kg. The consistent Oselai Hagai has also got his weight down. It’s now around 86kg. Then there is the promising young boxer Michael Edwards who at 66kg is expected to be nominated by CIABA to compete at the Youth Championships in September in the Isle of Man.
The local tournament at the Banana Court will also raise much needed funds needed to send boxers to the upcoming South Pacific Games in New Caledonia.
Boxing is one sport which has struggled in recent years and which greatly needs public support. Tournaments at the Banana Court have generally enjoyed good public support however the venue does not comply with International Boxing Association (IABA) rules as the set up and ring are not IABA approved.
These obstacles aside, the CIABA Executive is overhauling its 15 year old Constitution and is drawing up a new four year business plan for Junior, Youth and Elite boxers male and female.
Future plans include a national competition to be known as the “National Golden Gloves” to be held each August, to decide title holders for the 11 boxing categories.

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