17 July 2019 Pacific Games Apia Samoa. The Samoa boxing team remain composed as they head into day 3 of the Pacific Games boxing competition with all Samoan boxers making it through to the semi finals.
Speaking to Samoa Global News from Salelologa, Head Trainer for Team Samoa, Tavui Mike Lemisio who is also the Co-Coach and Manager for Marist Boxing said Samoa’s boxers remain composed.
“We are keeping a low profile, taking it one step at a time; all our boxers are focused as we head into semi finals,” said Tavui.
“We are thankful to God for his protection over the team. We are in good spirits and remain focused on the task ahead.”
“Faafetai Samoa mo le tapuaiga. Viia pea le suafa o Le Atua i lona alofa”
Tavu’i says that our one female boxer Fa’aasu Loia will be fighting in the semi finals of the 75kg division tomorrow against her Tongan opponent.
“Fa’aaau is ready to go..she is sharp and she goes straight into the semi finals so she can’t wait;
Tavui also says that Fa’aasu’s Tongan opponent is actually part Savaiian!
“Her mom is Samoan from Savaii, married to a Tongan”, he added.
Our lone female boxer is being trained by former heavyweight fighter David “Tuaman” Tua, also an awardee of the New Zealand Order of Merit (NZOM).
The Head Coach for Team Samoa Boxing is Lionel Fatupaito assisted by Bubba Tuigamala and Co-coaches Steve Faoagali, Farani Tavui and Maua Maua.
Former All Black and Manu Samoa wing Tuigamala Vaaiga Tuigamala is the Team Manager while Fifita Tapusoa is the team’s Prayer Director.
In the men’s division Samoa has eight boxers also ready to take on the challenge ahead including Commonwealth Games silver medalist Ato Plodzicki Faoagali.
1. Nu’uuli Mose 56kg
2. Alai Fa’auila 60kg
3. Seanoa Hall 64kg
4. Marion Ah Tong 69KG
5. Jancen Poutoa 75kg
6. Ato Plodzicki Faoagali 81kg
7. Hugo Fata 91kg
8. Filimaua Hala 91+
On Day 2 yesterday Samoa had two wins in the morning session by Alai Faauila and Jancen Poutoa. Tavui Mike Lemisio confirms that Alai Faauila of Samoa won by default because his opponent from the Solomon Islands was overweight.
In the afternoon session Marion Ah Tong won by unanimous decision while Ato Plodzicky Faoagali managed another comfortable win by RSC (referee stops the contest).
On Day 1 Nu’uuli Mose beat his Nauruan opponent while Ato Plodzicky Faoagali beat his Papua New Guinean partner.
Hugo Fata won by Knock Out against the Solomon Islander while Filimaua Hala beat his Tuvaluan opponent.
Tomorrow’s bouts for Samoa are:
12.00pm Alai Fa’auila (blue) vs John Ume PNG (red)
12.45pm Jancen Poutoa (blue) vs Tui Fiu (red)
1.15pm Afaese Hugo Fata (blue) vs Heimata Neuffer (red).
3.15pm Fa’aasu Loia (red) vs Feofaaki A Kakau Epenisa (Tonga) (blue).
4.00pm Nu’uuli Mose (blue) vs Thadius Katua PNG (red)
4.30pm Marion Ah Tong (blue) vs Franck Castan New Caledonia (red)
5.15pm Ato Plodzicki Faoagali (blue) vs Ken Stone William Haro, Tonga (red).
5.45pm Filmaua Hala (red) vs Samson Bade (blue).
The Head Trainer also adds that the Don Bosco Hall in Savaii has been packed every day with supporters.