by Elijah Lavett – EM TV, Port Moresby
The fight night held yesterday at the Lamana Hotel attracted many boxing fans and followers.
Last night’s bouts featured fighters from Queensland Australia who fought the PNG National boxing team for the Pacific games.
The Boxing team returned from Baguio city in Philippines after two months of training for the Fight night. There were a total of 11 bouts last night.
The first was the 49Kg division between Charlie Keama and Australia’s Josh English, English is the 49Kg Queensland Champ.
Charlie put up a good fight but it wasn’t enough to secure a win.
The First fight between the ladies was in the 51Kg division, which saw PNG’s Philo Magaiva take on Queenslands Cheerneka Johnson.
After 8 minutes of four rounds of exciting boxing, a split decision between the judges was made and the bout went in favour of the Queenslander.
The Super heavy weight fight for the night was in the 91Kg division between PNG’s Vincent Kora in Blue, and Australia’s Justis Huni.
The Heavy weights went at each other in the first two rounds, in the third round; Justis Huni capitalized on the tired Vincent and snuck out a win.
In the Womens 60Kg Raphaela Baki took on young Skye Nicoleson in an entertaining frenzy, both girls went at each other, in an equally matched fight. After the final round a split decision was made by the judges that went Skye Nicoleson’s way.
In the 75Kg PNG’s Jonathan Keama hammered his way through Clay waterman, the bout was stopped in the 2nd round, Waterman could not continue due to injury, declaring Keama the winner.
The Bouganvillans in the team, Henry Umings and Thedius Katoa also won their bouts as they put on an extremely entertaining fight against the Queenslanders.
The final match, which was also the quickest bout, saw the referee stop the match in the very first round, PNG Captain Tom Boga, threw knock out punches at opponent Ben Bowes, resulting in minor concussions, having the ref stop the match.
The Fight night turned out to be a success with telikom PNG, Lamana and other business houses sponsoring some of the bouts.