By BURI GABI
PETROLEUM Resource Kutubu (PRK) under the banner of the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) has stepped in to assist professional boxer Rickson Yamo with K10,000 to train and fight in Melbourne, Australia, starting this week.
Yamo will also be competing is some fights which will be organised while in Australia.
He told The National that he was scheduled to fight against an Australian opponent last week but due to financial constraints, he could not make it in time for the fight.
He said this fight had now been deferred to April. It will be held in Australia.
Yamo will be training together with an Australian fighter, Angela Decalaw. He will also be giving the chance to contest in some of Decalaw’s promotional fights.
The young PNG professional boxer, who has won five of his six international bouts and is the most successful PNG professional boxer.
He anticipated that travelling to Australia would further boost his chances and sharpen his skills in his career.
Yamo commended the PRK, especially deputy director Abraham Murepe, for the assistance given to pursue his career.
“PRK has supported me in 2008 and this is another assistance they are giving me as an athlete,” Yamo said.
Murepe said PRK was proud to support professional boxing and kickboxing in PNG, especially the sports which have put PNG on the world map.
PRK also presented another K20,000 to kickboxing boss Stanely Nandex, for the hosting of an international event in Kundiawa, Simbu province, next month.
Fighters from Australia, New Zealand and Africa will be sending their representatives to contest in the battle.
Nandex acknowledged the support of MRDC and PRK to kickboxing and other sports.