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January 28, 2022
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Anam Kickboxing Tournament

The Samson Anam Kickboxing tournament that kicked off on Friday, saw six clubs converged with 300 participating fighters, from Central, NCD and Gulf.

On Saturday, the knockout bouts continued while each bout winners went on to claim a seat on the bench, while waiting for the final rounds.

Following the knockouts, in the main event, saw 12 men and 2 women compete for the Port Moresby North East Christmas Cup.

The main event started from 60kg to 80kg in the men’s division, that saw Joel Rimbu, from 8-mile, take on Wani Palme; while Anthon Manu took on Leo Albert and Atera Andrew from 9-mile locked hands with Fidelis Pilai; and Jason Walisim fought Raymon Wale from the Hohola Kickboxing Club.

As for the only female bout, it was Jocelyn Nano vs. Jaclyn Okun in the 65kg division, with Jocelyn Nano taking the win, in the main female event.

In the end, the Port Moresby North East Christmas Cup Trophy went to Alex Warakop who pinned down Mexie Kanea of 9-mile.

Event Organiser, Nelson Samson, will be negotiating with team managers and coaches of the provinces involved in the tournament to get their fighters ready and carry out training in preparation for the PNG Games.

Samson is also aiming at reviving the code of Kick Boxing in Port Moresby, encouraging clubs and associations to come together and carry out tournaments as such, so that top fighters can be selected for national, regional and international tournaments.

He says with the PNG Games not far away, many of the fighters from the Anam Kickboxing Tournament will find themselves representing their individual provinces, in Kimbe, next year.

Apart from the Tournament itself, Samson is also looking forward to hosting another event next year, the inter-continental championships, and hopes to showcase his talent, in a campaign to fulfill his dream of exposing his skills at the international level.

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