Amateur boxers to have weekly trials

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The National, Wednesday March 12th, 2014


The Papua New Guinea Amateur Boxing Union (PNGABU) will conduct selections trials to select athletes to represent the country at the 2015 Pacific Games.

“We will be having a series of selection trials. The trials will be on every Thursday with the first one starting tomorrow,” Larry said.

“This will go on for a month (four consecutive Thursdays). After that  we’ll have an invitational team of boxers from Queensland come over for a show here in Port Moresby,” PNGABU tournament director Dick Larry said.

Larry, who is also the union’s chairman of selectors said the trials would be held in an open area and depending on the weather tomorrow the first bouts would take place at a hotel in Waigani.

The scheduled has the fights starting at 5pm and ending by 8pm. 

Boxers from the East New Britain under Raphael Lare and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ABG), under former national welterweight champion Chavis Kora, will take on a Port Moresby team training under national coaches Jack Willie and Joe Aufa.

A squad of 28 fighters with 13 reserves will be picked from the trials.

Female fighters will compete in the 51-kilogram, 69kg and 75kg divisions. 

The men will compete in all 10 weight divisions from flyweight to super heavyweight.  

Larry said boxers who fought in the 2012 PNG Games in East New Britain and those that took part in this year’s PNG Games in Lae would all be considered.