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Pro boxing set for another revival

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PROFESSIONAL boxing is set to make a comeback in Port Moresby with the launching of a new promotional outfit tomorrow.
Niugini Professional Boxing (NPB) headed by president Ben Yawingu, pictured, aims to revive prizefighting which had a mini revivial six years ago under the PNG Boxing Federation as well as promoter Glen Winstanley – who both organised pro bouts in the capital.
Yawingu said his group would host a fundrasier and launching at the Golden Bowl Restaurant, Waigani, and entry would be by invitation only.
“We’re all about reviving professional boxing and we’re having our launch this weekend,” Yawingu said.
NPB plan to bring in foreign fighters in the coming months to take on our local talent with Yawingu saying it was crucial the venture was backed by the corporate community.
The purpose of the fundraiser is to garner support for NPB as well as create contacts within the business community.
The group has the backing of businessman and former national amateur boxing boss Bernard Fong, who is the NPB’s patron.
Yawingu’s deputy is Elvin Wafewa, a proffessional boxer.
“We want to create pathways for the boxing talent that is out there because after those attemtps to reignite boxing a few years ago things went quiet,” Yawingu said.
Now the NPB is here to get things started again and hopefully it lasts this time.”
“We are determined to provide strong management and leadership, to put the flash light on the sport and get pro boxing back on track.”
Corporate tables at the launch are K2000 (for a table of 10) or K200 per head with the event to start at noon.
For more information Yawingu can be contacted on mobile: 72204807/76184258 or email: niuginiproboxing@gmail.com.
Others to be contacted for details are: Wafewa on 70066450/75521001 and Fong on 72006666/76336666.

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