The National, Wednesday June 26th, 2013
By HENRY MORABANG
Minister for Public Service Sir Puka Temu wants to maintain the legacy of boxing in his district.
With that in mind, the minister has chipped in K15,000 to the Abau boxing team, to help them in their preparations for the national title in Kokopo next weekend.
Sir Puka is the first member of parliament to support a team to the championship in Kokopo.
Abau would be represented by two young teenage boxers in 20-year-old son of boxer Glendon Kauboi, Junior Kauboi in 64kg and Peupu Noki (52kg).
As political representative, Sir Puka said he would continue to support young people.
Sports is an area where Abau District had given a lot of prominence.
“We have done it in Buka Rugby Seven’s and we will continue at the boxing ring next week in Kokopo, East New Britain province,” Sir Puka said.
“Though it is the first time for Abau boxers, these two young men will still carry the Abau and Central flag at the championship.”
Sir Puka invited Berua and his executives to work with him when he returned from East New Britain.
“We are champion in rugby 7’s and Abau will be counted during the national boxing championship, and I firmly believe that K15,000 is a good investment for young sportsman of Abau District,” he said.
President of Abau Boxing Association Ricky Berua said he was humble with the great support shown by honorable Minister for Public Services and Abau MP to make these two amateur boxers realize their dream.
“Two boxers will perform for the first time at the national championship, and it is hoped that they will produce a good results for Abau and the Central Province,” he said.