The National, Friday 14th September 2012
PROFESSIONAL boxing is back after a long delay from financial constraints to stage its Independence challenge show on Sunday.
Two sponsors have come to the PNG Professional Boxing Federation’s rescue.
Now the stage were set for the fights, with five pros on the card to be staged at the Sports Inn.
Professional Boxing Federation (PNGPBF) chairman Nick Calibud said the federation was still appealing for minor sponsors to support other events.
The feature of the day is the 63.5kg fight between Tari champion and No.2 contender Rickson Yamo challenging Douglas Walo. Yamo is the hot favourite for the major prize.
In the other bout No.1 contender Kevin “Ironman” Baki faces Henry George of Wanigela.
In the 57kg fight, Manus’ Jason Hayeu will fight new kid on the block Agone Raio, of Sabama, in his debut pro while Socay’s Johnson Kapus takes on Koki John Oscar in the 61kg.
These bouts are preparations for another fight to be staged next month.
All boxers are urged to register for a licence with the PNG Professional Boxing Commission before this fight.
The event will feature the best male and female amateur boxers in NCD.
In other professional boxing events scheduled for next month; Port Moresby will host the World Professional Boxing Federation’s International Bantam weight belt title fight and the Asia-Pacific Welter weight belt on Oct 21 and Nov 18 respectively.
Manus’ Jason Hayeu will take on Dado Cabintoy of Philippines for the Bantem belt while NCD’s Douglas Walo will fight Filipino’s Jonel Gadapan for the Asia-Pacific Welter weight title.
The champions will be tipped to take on international challenge in Philippines, Indonesia and Australia while Fiji has also expressed interest to take on a PNGean next year.
Australian International Referee Brad Vocale has accept invitation to officiate and conduct seminar on 20 October with the fee set at K100 for Referees and Judges certificate.