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Four Samoa Fa’afafine Boxers To Fight In Auckland

Four Samoa Fa’afafine Boxers To Fight In Auckland

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At its Prefight Cocktail in Auckland last weekend, Event Polynesia Boxing announced the line up for its Pro-Am boxing event held on Tuesday 20 November at the Otara Recreation Center in Auckland. The upcoming Fight Night in Auckland is part of a six tournament circuit across Australasia and the Pacific managed by Event Polynesia Boxing.

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Boxing Promoter and Managing Director of Event Polynesia, Mr Teleiai Sua Edwin Puni also confirmed the participation of four Fa’afafine boxers from Samoa. These include Princess Liz, Princess Fedrina, Princess Shanior and Princess Rachell.

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Princess Liz was the first titleholder of the Samoa Fa’afafine Title when he knocked out crowd favorite Princess Tiger in March during the Monty Betham Juniors professional fight launch.

Princess Shanior and Princess Fetrina are from the popular Yazaki EDS Samoa Boxing Club who boasts five fa’afafine boxers in their ranks. Princess Rachell is from Auala Savaii and has been involved with the resurgence of boxing from the Asau area of Samoa.

Event Polynesia Boxing in Auckland in August this year saw fa’afafine boxing in New Zealand for the first time, although a regular part of boxing in Samoa. It also attracted huge interest from around New Zealand and Australia.

According to Pat Leonard, National Secretary of the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association, “It was a fantastic night and with a sellout crowd like that, it is what the boxing scene in New Zealand requires.”

Ms Tui Gallagher, President of the Auckland Boxing Association, “It was so pleasing to see such a massive crowd and to know that there is such a support for boxing in the Samoan community”, shares the same reaction.

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The upcoming fight night will include five amateur bouts sanctioned by the Auckland Boxing Association, before five corporate class bouts, two fa’afafine bouts and a professional heavyweight main bout sanctioned by the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association.


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