May 9, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Pele Faumui signed boxing contract to fight in NZ

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Event Polynesia has announced the signing of a three year contract by Pele Faumui to fight in New Zealand in the middleweight division. Pele had represented Samoa in the South Pacific Games and Oceania amateur boxing tournaments before turning professional in January 2009.

Mr. Tuilagi Saipele Esera of Event Polynesia said, Pele is the third professional boxer that came through the Samoa Pro Am Fights being held in Apia who have signed contracts to fight out of New Zealand.

The other two have been fighting in New Zealand for five months now are Vaitele Soi fighting in the cruiserweight division and Warren Fuiava fighting in the light heavyweight division.

According to Tuilagi, Pele is the current Samoa middleweight champion. The only time he will be fighting in Samoa is to defend his title. At this stage there is no credible challenger to the Samoa Middleweight title.

Pele won his first fight in New Zealand on the 13th April and is now preparing for his second fight on the 22nd May against Maori boxer Jamie Waru at Tauranga.

Tuilagi reflected on the pathway that was established over three years ago by their company Event Polynesia to provide boxers from Samoa and the Pacific the opportunity to get exposure in New Zealand and overseas.

Regarding boxing in Samoa, Event Polynesia works closely with the Samoa Amateur Boxing Association and the South Pacific Boxing Inc. the sanctioning body for professional boxing in staging the quarterly Samoa Pro Am Fights at the Tuanaimato sport facility.

Pele is from the villages of Lalomalava and Vaiafai in Iva. He has a professional record of six fights; his only loss was on debut to Ghana boxer Joseph Kwadjo who recently won the IBF Australasia title.

Boxers Pele Faumui, Vaitele Soi and Warren Fuiava are currently training in Auckland.

Warren has fought five times since fighting in Auckland in January this year and has won all his fights. Vaitele has fought twice winning all his fights as well; his last fight he TKOed Fijian Ben Naqasima after two minutes and ten seconds inside the first round.

Both Vaitele and Warren have been selected to represent New Zealand in the inaugural Bloodisloe Cup later this year that is based on the Trans-Tasman rivalry sentiment.

The upcoming promotion in Tauranga on the 22 May will feature all three Samoan boxers Pele Faumui, Warren Fuiava and Vaitele Soi and will be screened on Maori TV.

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