Light downs Naliva in NZ

Savenaca Naliva during training in Lautoka. Picture: FT FILE/REINAL CHAND

LOSING to David Light in the World Boxing Foundation Intercontinental Cruiserweight title fight in New Zealand was a huge learning curve for Fiji’s Savenaca Naliva.

The Sorokoba native was knocked out in the third round enabling Light to maintain his unbeaten run. Boxing Commission of Fiji West director Usman Ali Lale said the exposure was a good learning curve for Naliva.

He said despite the loss, Naliva was able to gauge his standard against the best in the region as he chased his boxing dream.

“Naliva is a good boxer unfortunately he fell short against Light,” said Lale.

“It is a good learning curve for him and now he knows the areas he needs to improve on. He is a hardworking boxer and we need to focus on the positives and build his game for future fights.”

Lale said the loss was also a learning curve for local boxers.

“We want to give as many boxers the chance to be exposed to international fights and they should learn from the Naliva fight.

“It is also a lesson for local trainers and coaches especially on how they improved to modern day training and coaching.”

Meanwhile, Vilimoni Taganikoro of Bukuya is also preparing for an international bout in Australia this month.

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