Young Boxers need sponsorship support

President of PNG Boxing Union, Dr. Gideon Kendino made this appeal after his boxers were unable to participate at the Olympic Qualifying event in Italy on January 2024. 

He is also raising this concern as the junior boxers prepare to participate at the Oceania Junior and Boxing Championship in Tahiti later in the year.

Dr. Kendino said boxing has a successful record at regional and international events having represented PNG well, however is concerned that corporate houses have not come on board to sponsor, not even a single boxer.

PNG Boxers to participate in Olympic qualifier

While this has been the commemorative event for the Fuzzy Wazzy Angels, it also presents the opportunity for PNG Boxers to secure spots at the Olympic Qualifying fights in Thailand.

Papua New Guinea Boxing Union President, Dr Gideon Kendino said one or two fighters would be selected from the Kokoda Challenge to join the team of boxers for the Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Thailand.

Four eligible boxers, three male and one female boxer have already been selected for the Olympic Qualification fight to be staged in Thailand later in the year. 

Stage set for junior boxers

The boxing showdown exposing young talent is set to ignite the boxing ring at the Ben Moide Club at Murray Barracks, Port Moresby.

The momentum keeps building for the Papua New Guinea boxing fraternity after returning from the recently concluded Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands early this month. Having recorded a very good performance at the Games. Boxing is set to thrive with staging the stage for its junior boxers to end the year in style.

ESP host successful boxing clinic

The one-week program started on November 20 and concluded on 26th generated lots of interest from both the fighters and the technical officials.

The clinic started with tips on boxing like – how to take a stand on the boxing ring for boxers, to how to effectively officiating bouts – for technical officials and ends with boxing bouts. All the trial bouts took place at Pora Oval with fighters putting what they were taught into practice.

Lavalou misses Gold medal bout

Lavalou fought fairly and squarely defeating his New Caledonian opposition in the finals, before taking on the Tahitian opponent in the semi-final where he suffered defeat through a miscount by the technical officials.

Lavalou said: “I fought well in the first quarter. In the second quarter, I scored many points but the points were registered against the name of my opponent.”

“If the score was recorded correctly against my name, I would have gone all the way to defeat Niue in the in the Gold medal play-offs,” stated Lavalou.

PNG’s Boxing Team Triumphs at Sol2023 XVII Pacific Games

Among the shining stars of this remarkable achievement is Landa Thunder, also known as Liranda Kidu, whose roots trace back to PNG's boxing legend, the late Martin Beni. Emerging from humble beginnings, Landa Thunder's journey to success is underscored by an unwavering support system, with her father and coach Mortel Kidu playing a pivotal role.

ESP Boxing Association holds coaches’ workshop

The purpose of this clinic is to upskill coaches’ knowledge of the sport as well as empower boxers in their boxing careers.

The East Sepik Boxing Association will have the service of an elite boxer in the country, Junior Kauko Raka who will be officiating the program. Raka, with extensive experience in boxing under his belt, anticipates imparting boxing knowledge to the Coaches and Boxers attending the workshop.

Market 2000 supports young boxers

The PNG Professional Boxing Control Board chairman, Bernard Fong showed his heart for boxing by assisting the NCD Boxing Tournament with dental soap and So Good Milk through his business, Market 2000. 

This assistance was made on November 12, to boost the interest of young children participating in boxing. This was also done in the hope of holding young children committed to the code as they promote Boxing in the Nation’s Capital. 

K50,000 for boxers

Yesterday’s cheque presentation was a big boost for PNG Boxing Union and a kind gesture by National Finance to our boxers, who are looking forward to representing the country at this year’s Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands come November 2023.

Due to financial constraints, the PNG Boxing Union put out a public appeal to business houses and corporate entities to assist with the levy costs for the team. The National Finance responded positively with a commitment to assist with the huge funding support.  

Australian fighter shares experience

Lachlan took on a stiff challenge from his PNG opponent and Pacific Games prospect, Arthur Ray Lavalou in the 88kg eventually taking out the bout by way of points.

Young Lachlan said since the team arrived on Friday it’s been an amazing experience seeing everybody so friendly and welcoming including a memorable visit to the Bomana war cemetery.