An Independence Boxing Tournament between American Samoa and Samoa took place at the Upolu Savaii Boxing Ring at Aleisa Sasa’e on Friday.
Six boxers from American Samoa were here for the competition which featured two professional fights.
President of the Samoa Amateur Boxing Association Aualiitia Fouina Milford said the whole purpose of these tournaments is to develop the young ones in the sport.
“We try to develop the young ones in boxing so that when they grow up they are good at it,” he said.
“That is another reason why we keep having these tournaments so that the young ones will be able to take interest in the sport.”
Asked about the Olympics in Rio ,Aualiitia said at the moment there is no boxing team qualified from Samoa for Rio.
“We don’t have a boxing team for the Olympics because there are qualifications that we need to go through but we are waiting on Rio whether we have invitations for our players,” he said.
However, speaking about the tournament he said there is no winning prize for the tournament except some trophies that was prepared by the President of the Upolu Savaii Boxing Ring.
“These amateur fights does not have winning prizes however the President of the Upolu Savaii Boxing Ring Tagaloa Papaliitele Pasi Poloa has prepared some trophies for the winners of the Welter Weight, Middle Weight, Best Boxer of the night and the winning team.”
At the end of the night Ropati Hall of Samoa won the Welter Weight trophy, Alema Aukuso of Samoa won the Middle weight trophy, Silika Tuigamala received the trophy of the best boxer of the night and team Samoa received the main trophy for winning the tournament of the night.