The National, Wednesday July 10th, 2013
By HENRY MORABANG
THE Oceania Boxing Confederation (OBC) recently endorsed five weight classes for female fighters to be included in the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.
This will be the first time the Pacific Games has female boxing.
Women’s Boxing Affairs representative and the secretary/treasurer for the PNG Amatuer Boxing Union Pauline Nuau reminded the affiliates to hunt for hidden female talents in boxing for the 2015 Games.
She made these comments at the special general meeting with affiliated association delegates at the 2013 National Boxing Championships in Kokopo over the weekend.
Female boxers will now be able to compete in 2015 Pacific Games at 48kg, 57kg, 60kg, 69kg and 75kg divisions.
Nuau, who is a former ring official, urged the delegates to get the message out to their respective associations to find female talent.
She stressed that it was not the work of the PNG Amateur Boxing Union to conduct the competitions but for the respective associations.
Nuau was also impressed with the female boxers on show during the national championships particularly Annette Kora (Bougainville) and Celyne Ikena (ENB).
She said female boxers had a proud record in the region winning two gold medals and a silver at last year’s Oceania championships.