BY LESLEY FOINAGWA
EXCITEMENT is building and anticipation is approaching fast as Papua New Guinea boxers are ready to step into the ring for today’s fight night at Pacific Casino in Honiara.
Papua New Guinea (PNG) Boxing Team Assistance Coach, Jack Willie told RAW SPORTS that his boxers are now ready to take on the challenge fight from their rivals (host nation) Solomon Islands.
“I expect my boxers to perform with their best and they must win their fight tonight because we have been training hard for four months now before we travel to the Solomon Islands,” he said.
Jack said the Solomon Islands has been our Melanesian brother and we are not only here to compete but also to help build team Solomon Islands Boxers in preparation for the 2023 Pacific Games as a host nation.
“We come to support our wantoks (Solomon Islands Boxers) as they prepared towards the Pacific Games 2023,” the PNG Assistance Coach said.
The most anticipated boxing extravaganza will see seven PNG boxers (six male and one female) take to the ring at Pacific Casino in Honiara tonight.
Jack also expressed his disappointment, stressing that they were unable to have another female boxer to make it two due to the unavailability of her vaccination card, so they only have one female boxer traveling with six male boxers to compete in the Championship in Honiara.
He added that after finishing this Championship, the team will travel over to the Philippines to spend two weeks of intensive training to further develop a more robust fighting style of international standard.
The PNG fighters are well prepared and experienced after they have recently competed in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Tonight’s event is scheduled to start at 6 pm (this evening) and until late and is expected to be to give the crowd a very entertaining evening.
Meanwhile, the two-night amateur boxing championship which starts this evening (from 26 to 27 October) aims to test the country’s 2023 Pacific Games boxing training squad capabilities and confidence.