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East Sepik Province Boxing Tournament

It was a thrilling showdown at the Wewak market over the weekend with boxers from the Papuan Region in the ring against Sepik’s local talent.


The fights sparked the interest from the community, and also the East Sepik Governor, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

An ecstatic Sir Michael, urged the Organizing Committee to stage more of the similar tournaments in his province.


A boisterous 3000 plus crowd converged on the Wewak market to witness the fights between three visiting boxers from the neighboring West Papua Region.   


The professional fights were from the 64 kilogram division, 66 kilogram and 69 kilograms divisions.


Local talent Donald Kotsen went fist to fist against visitor Marius Mabel in red, in the 63 Kilograms fight.


Eventually Marius knocked him down after he got injured in the first round.


Gisler Ap, who’s currently the International Boxing Association Champion, pounded Lester Wafi into submission in the third round, and won the 66 kilogram division.


Elwin Wafewa displayed classy punches, despite losing the title to West Papua’s Ramadhan W.G in the 69 kilogram division.


Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, who watched the full fights, says he would like to see more sporting challenges including other sporting codes to expose local talent.


He says with the completion of the Prince of Wales Stadium in the province, it will now become a home to many international events including athletics.

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