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By LEONE CABENATABUA
The Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) directors are aware of a petition currently being circulated in Nadi calling for their removal.
BCF director Malakai Veisamasama confirmed this yesterday indicating that they are aware of the people who are behind the petition.
“This petition will not stop the Commission from carrying out the task set by the promulgation,” Veisamasama said.
“The Minister for Youth and Sports Commander Viliame Naupoto has given his endorsement for us to carry on the work.”
Veisamasama said under the promulgation they are required to put in place a process that is right for the development and progress of boxing in the country.
“We do understand why the people who are behind the petition want us removed. If we don’t put anything in place now then boxing is going to go back to where it was before.”
He indicated that the BCF has put in place now:
• Registration and licencing of boxers, trainers, managers, officials and all stakeholders
• Setting up of associations to run the sport while the BCF is the supreme body
• BCF to determine the purse of the boxers (judging by their record and rankings)
• BCF to decide on boxers to fight in a programme. This is done based on the boxer’s record and rankings. Veisamasama said the time to bring in any Tom, Dick and Harry to fight is now over.
“There will be no more Mickey mouse fights. In the past we’ve seen that the two main fights are evenly matched but the rest of the eight to 10 fights are all Mickey Mouse affairs.
“This is not fair to the public who pay $25 a ticket to watch such poor quality fights.”
He also pointed out the BCF has found out that in the past promoters have got their own boxers to put in the programme since they pay them cheaply.
Veisamasama said they are now working on the rankings to ensure that boxers are evenly matched.
“This is where the process of good governance, transparency and accountability come in.
“We know there will be opposition like that petition that is now being circulated in Nadi as the motive of those people is not on the sport but for their selfish ends,” he said.