Student boxers show their stuff

By Sina Sevaaetasi ,

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READY FOR THE FINAL: St. Joseph’s student ready to rumble.

READY FOR THE FINAL: St. Joseph’s student ready to rumble.

It was a glorious fight to the finish as schoolboys competed for the championship title. 

The Intercollege School Boxing tournament concluded on Saturday, which featured some of the best boxing talent Samoa has to offer.

The tournament featured boxing prodigy, Vasilika Tuigamala who finished first as the 91+ kg winner as  well as William Burke who was dubbed as the overall technical boxer of the tournament.

Amongst the heavy weights were up and comers like Daniel Alofipo who displayed a tremendous amount of skill for being only 7 years old. 

As the first of it’s kind, the tournament faced many obstacles since its inception, but slowly and surely everyone started coming onboard and the pieces started coming together.

Leading the way is the Minister of Sports, Education and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, whose unwavering support of the sport is what made this tournament a success.  Coordinator Va’aiga Tuigamala, was ecstatic to see the consistent support from Minister Loau as well as from other organizations such as Samoa Amateur Boxing Association (S.A.B.A) and school administrators.  

This tournament is bigger than boxing, it’s also a chance to instill powerful messages in these young men’s lives such as discipline and working hard to reach their goals. 

Students trained extremely hard to reach the finals, some even running up Mt. Vaea to test their fitness and mental capability. 

They also proved that sports can be used as a bridge to rebuild relationships and  create friendships with other boys who were once deemed as enemies.

The overall success of the tournament will help propel the development of boxing to higher standards and ultimately produce professional boxers.  

Awards given during the prize giving: Youth Best boxer of the tournament: Leo Anthony Unasa of Pesega

Elite best Boxer: Junior Usoalii of Leifiifi College

The technical Boxer of the Tournament: William Burke of Samoa College

School with the most boxers in the final: Faleata College

 

Inter School Boxing Results Juniors and Youths

56kg Bantam

Winner Iupeli Simeona Maluafou College

2nd Hirene Apisaloma Maluafou College

3rd Winston Smith Vaimauga College

4th Faaoo Samasoni Faleata College

 

60kg Light Wgt

Winner Reupena Lutelu Faleata College

2nd Caleb  Meredith Robert Louis Stevenson

 

64kg Light Wel

Winner Puna Alao Pesega

2nd Pelesasa Viavia Faleata 

3rd Asovale Akeni Faleata College

4th Lesi Lesi Faleata College

 

75kg Middle

Winner Paul Walter Faleata

2nd Jeff Leuluaialii Vaimauga

3rd Tavita Leilua Vaimauga

4th Cornercruise Papalii Robert Louis

 

81kg L/Heavy Winner

Masunu Ulugia Faleata

2nd Benjamin Moilo Faleata

3rd Monicholars Shane Shing Robert Louis

4th 91+kg Super Winner Joseph Jan Amani Vaimauga

 

ELITES 

Vaisilika Tuigamala (right)
Vaisilika Tuigamala (right)

69kg Noves

Winner Tofi Moli Leifiifi

2nd Opeta Ioane Faleata

3rd John Afitu Leififi College

4th Lewis Stanley SJC

 

69kg  Experienced

Winner Suitama Manuele Vaimauga

2nd Alai Faauila Faleata

 

75kg Novice

Winner Marion Ah Tong SJC

2nd Faafetai Seiuli Pesega

3rd Eyring Su’a Pesega

4th Paulo Aukuso Leifiifi

 

75kg experienced

Winner Junior Usoalii Leifiifi

2nd Leva Avoki Faleata

 

81kg

Winner Leo Anthony Unasa Pesega 

2nd Herman Mala SJC

3rd Tufatu Tuna Leifiifi

4th Shaka Ropati Samoa College

 

91kg Novice

Winner William Burke Samoa C

2nd Divine Alalatoa SJC

3rd Osty Sauni Leifiifi

4th

 

91kg Exp

winner Mac Tuna Leifiifi

91+kg Winner Naitupu Sua Pesega

2nd Pago Ainuu Faleata

3rd Charles Fidow Saint Josephs

4th Lawrence Tevaga Saint Josephs

91+kg Exp Winner Vaisilika Tuigamala Robert Louis

ADDITIONAL BOUT WINNERS: 

Daniel Alofipo  (Sailimalo)           

Mose Iapesa     (Plantation Boxing)     

Atinae Simeona (Tapuitea)              

Seanoa Hall     (PLT Toamua) 

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