Raka secures win with Indonesian’s knockout


PAPUA New Guinea’s Junior Kauko Raka beat Indonesia’s Dimira Ravel via a technical knockout after the fifth round during their lightweight bout at the Sir John Guise Stadium Indoor Complex in Port Moresby on Sunday night.
Raka opened the bout the more energetic of the two as he showcased his agility at a packed venue.
But an unfazed Ravel was to prove why he was selected to represent his country.
The visitor made sure his punches and defence were on point as he looked to gain some momentum on foreign soil.
It was an even match-up which continue into the third round.
But with the majority of the crowd behind him, Raka began to dominate the bout in the fourth round.
Raka found the right footing when he landed a solid punch on his opponent’s ribs that forced him onto the canvas.
Raka said he was happy to win his fourth International fight against Indonesia.
“I have been training hard,” he said.
“I put in a lot of effort and it has paid off.”
Raka’s coach Jammy Peng said they knew that Ravel would provide a strong challenge.
“Today’s victory was a result of consistency and commitment shown by Raka,” he said.
“All the credit must go to him and his teammates for cooperating during training.
“There wasn’t any doubt. From the first day, I knew that he would win this fight because we were ready for it.”

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