The National, Thursday July 4th, 2013
SOCAY Boxing Club’s coach Kevin “Ironman” Baki and student Douglas “Bomber” Walo will fight for the PNG light welter title belt on Sunday, July 14 at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex.
This will be a testing time for the 39-year-old Baki against Walo after both turned professional under the then Hohola Youth Boxing Club in 2010.
The undefeated but aging Baki is still considered a strong and experienced fighter who is taking on an opponent 17 years his junior.
The wild swinging Walo has been stopped on two occasions by Chavis Kora in his debut and by Filipino fighter Jose Maxian.
It’s a trainer vs student showdown with both men respectful of the other’s ability but will be putting their relationship aside as they go toe to toe for the PNG Boxing Federation-sanctioned belt which Baki is current the champion in the 10 round bout that will define their careers.
Baki faced having his title stripped if he did not fight Walo, who is the PNGBF’s No. 1 rated challenger at welterweight.
In the other titles fights, Francis Oaike faces Jimmy Pius for the vacant bantamweight title.
Defending lightweight champion Johnson Kapus defends against veteran challenger Theo Torot.
In the super middleweight Victor Lani faces Toksy Seteme for the vacant title.
PNGBF vice-president Alex Rihatta reminded all boxers to be registered and medically cleared this week. He said this was the confirmed draws but were subject to change.