The Fiji Amateur Boxing Association just sent 2018 Commonwealth Games boxers, Winston Hill & Jone Koroilagilagi and former Junior Development Boxer Nathan Singh to Sydney, Australia to train under Johnny Lewis, six-time World Championship trainer and Australian Hall of Famer.
Lewis, who is the Coach for Sydney University Boxing Club, attended the Fiji Games in April to watch and assess boxers who were vying for selection to the 2019 Pacific Games. After returning to Australia, he sent an invitation to these elite boxers to be part of a one-month intensive training program.
This program will see these young men undergo intensive physical & mental training to build their confidence and exposure in a foreign environment to help with their preparations for the Pacific Games in Samoa.
As part of the programs effort to hone their skills, these boxers will be accessing daily sparring sessions with quality boxers as well as participating in weekly bouts with some of the best fighters in Australia.
To ensure their health and safety during the one month program, these boxers have undergone medical clearance and have been released by FABA and cleared by Boxing Australia and Boxing NSW to compete in local tournaments and four Australian tournaments from 8 May to 4 June.
Fiji Amateur Boxing Association National Coach, Mr. Nic Fuata, is confident that these young boxers will use this training platform as leverage before going to the Pacific Games saying “With top notch training facilities, high intensive training programs and competition, the exposure and experience will assist our boxers in settling well at the games in Samoa.”
Fiji Amateur Boxing Association President, Mr. Manasa Baravilala, is grateful to Johnny Lewis for giving these select FABA boxers an opportunity to train under his tutelage. “I am very grateful with the personal invitation by Johnny Lewis for our elite boxers to train with him at the SYDNEY UNIVERSITY BOXING CLUB.”
“Not just because of the much-needed experience and exposure it will bring our boxers, but also because the Fiji Amateur Boxing Association is in no position to pay for Mr. Lewis’ time and services which he is kindly providing pro-bono.
This in itself is a testament to Mr Lewis’ love and passion for Fiji and its’ amateur boxers.”
“I have every confidence that our boys will not let him down.”