Issue No. 01/2021 – Monday, 11 January 2021 (Kitiona Tausi)
Boxing is not a new sport to Tuvalu but it had not been formally recognized until recently when a few boys joined in to form a boxing club. Already there is a Tuvalu Amateur Boxing Association but no boxing clubs.
With the formation of this first boxing club by the name “Tuvalu Warrior Boxing Club”, the association has now one club and the association is now encouraging young boys and men to form boxing clubs knowing that boxing is a good sport and is also a martial art.
For Tuvalu boxing can win Tuvalu medals in regional or international sport knowing Tuvalu has never win any good awards in team games like football, rugby, volleyball nor cricket but there is a great hope in this boxing sport.
Mr. Fiu Tui who has been fighting in boxing clubs in Australia has gained a good award and he said that there are young boys who have the talent and what is now required is to have them properly trained and coached.
Mr. Tui is the coach of the Tuvalu Warrior Boxing Club and has attracted young boys and girls as well as men and women to the club.
In the meantime, the club has secured a good place for their trainings and trainings have been schedule to take place in the afternoons from Monday to Friday each week.
On Monday, 28 December 2020, the Tuvalu Amateur Boxing Association staged a boxing demonstration event at the Queen Elizabeth II Park. The event was attended by some Cabinet Ministers including the Prime Minister, Hon. Nielu Meisake, Hon Timi Melei, Hon Seve Paeniu, and MP Mackenzie Kiritome and the Funafuti community leader, Mr. Siliga Kofe and his wife.
There were 10 bouts that evening comprising of young boys to mature boys and about 500 spectators watching the event and 3 doctors were also on standby besides the ring.
The next demonstration fight is expected to be hold in April this year.