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Fight on hold

Maciu Malo
Saturday, November 11, 2017

The much anticipated Kiran Boxing Promotion main bout between Abhay Chand and Tevita Liagitukana scheduled for this afternoon hangs in a balance because of weight difference.

Both fighters signed to fight in the 72kg weight division but at the weigh-in yesterday, Chand tipped the scales at 71.9kg while Ligatukana weighed in at 80.6kg.

Boxing Commission of Fiji chairman Matai Bulutani said they would decide today on whether or not to hold the fight.

"At the moment there is a question mark about the fight because of weight difference," he said.

"We will have to wait until tomorrow for another weigh-in before we can finally decide on the issue. Otherwise we will have to cancel the fight and move another fight as the main bout."

Bulutani said the promoter Krishna Mudalliar would discuss with the boxers and their managers before any further action to be made.

However, BCF West director Usman Ali said the fight would continue if the boxers and the managers agreed.

He said another weigh-in would be held today.

"I am confident the fight will go on."

"We will just have to wait for the last weigh-in before the fight and most importantly the fight will continue if agreed by all stakeholders.

Meanwhile, despite the weight difference, both boxers were willing to fight.

Chand said weight doesn't matter because he had prepared well for this fight.

He said he respected Ligaitukana and would give his best to secure another win.

"Weight is not a matter to me and I am ready to fight him," he said.

"I thanked Ligaitukana for giving me the opportunity to fight him.

"He is a good fighter and I know he comes well prepared after he lost in our first encounter.

"I don't want to make any prediction but will do all the talking in the ring."

Ligaitukana said he trained hard for the fight and would do his best to avenge his earlier loss.

"Like every other boxer I came here to fight."

"I have prepared well and I will do my best to win."

Meanwhile, a total of 12 fights have been scheduled for the night and fans have been urged to turn out in huge numbers.

The program will be held at Tilak High School Hall starting at 5pm.

Fixtures:5pm: Exhibition 3x3: Bunniu Singh vs Jnr Freddy, Exhbition 3X3 Timothy Lee vs Nikesh Prasad, Women 4X2 Visila Kolitapa vs Anaseini Dakua, super welter weight 4X3 Sikeli Naisua vs Tevita Sete, lightweight: 4X3 Jnr Wahid Khan vs Jrn Mukesh Chand, lightweight 4X3 Simon Tawalo vs Rahul Aron Kumar, heavyweight 6X3: Ratu Epeli Naliva VS Isoa Naruba, heavyweight 6X3 Jonasa Kavika vs Rupeni Nasaku, super flyweight 6X3: Krishneel Prasad vs Ronald Kumar, super middleweight 6X3:Kunal Nair vs Jnr Vocia, super middleweight 8X3: Mathew Michael vs Robin Hazelman, super lightweight 8X3: Ronald Naidu vs Ratu Rakuro, main bout middleweight 10X3: Abhay Chand vs Tevita Ligaitukana.

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