Fighters fromthe Niugini Islands Region are set for heat two ofthe Kickboxing Challenge in Kokopo next month.
The region is expected to draw more than fifty best fighters. Twenty-five ofthem will be selected from different weight category to challenge inthe four regions winners elimination round.
The sport has kick up a storm in Kokopo as fighters from Bougainville, Kavieng, Kimbe and Rabaul are keen to compete.
There are three different divisions;the 8-man tournament is strictly for fighters inthe 70 to 72 kilograms; Under Cards are between 54 and 75 kg andthe Main undercards between 76 and 85kg.
The competition only allows fighters who had more than 5 to 10 years’ experience as well as competing at national and international levels.
The female division is an open category from 60 to 75 kilograms.
PNG Kickboxing believes that each region will have a strong team to challenge inthe elimination. The autonomous region of Bougainville is expected to dominatethe fight in different divisions.
Chief Executive ofthPNG Kickboxing Association Stanley Nandex saidthe 8-man concept was to identify talents for the semi- professional level.
The fight will be staged atthe Vunapope Catholic Diocese Hall in May.