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Boxer Avi reflects on year of growth

Amateur boxer Nehaal Avi has rapidly ascended the ranks since beginning his journey in 2019.

With a record of 10 fights, including a national competition win in 2020 and a bronze medal at this year’s South Pacific Games, the 23-year-old is shaping up to be a formidable force in the sport.

Reflecting on his boxing career, Avi said, “I started pursuing boxing back in 2019. Winning the National Competition in 2020 and the Fiji vs Solomon match with the Army camp were significant victories for me.”

These achievements set the stage for his debut and subsequent medal win at the South Pacific Games.

Currently training under coach Cameron Todd, he acknowledges a year of growth despite limited fight opportunities.

“2023 was a good year, I have had only  three fights this year. There are fewer opponents in my weight division, but I’ve been learning new things, so it’s been a year of growth for me, especially winning a medal in the South Pacific Games, that’s a very big achievement for me,” he said.

Looking ahead, Avi is ambitious about his future in the sport.

“There will be more international events next year, and I aim to take part in all of them. There are plans for fights abroad as well. Whatever opportunities come by, I will grab them,”

“My support system has been great, everyone has been very supportive,” he expressed gratitude, thanking his coach, team, and family members for their continuous encouragement.

Simran Chand
Simran Chand
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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