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Saturday, January 23, 2010

PNG Kickboxing releases 2010 calendar

THE Papua New Guinea kickboxing association (PNGKBA) has six international events to prepare its fighters- a daunting financial task to meet its aspiration.

And four national events endorsed in its 2010 calendar.

President of the PNGKBA Stanley 'The Head Hunter' Nandex when releasing the calendar aims to have fighters prepare early and seek funding for the respective events endorsed.

The first tournament for this year has been scheduled on March 26-28 in Simbu where fighters from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United State of America and our very own local professional fighters.

The showdown in Simbu at the Dickson Oval is billed as Mount Wilhelm Track cup feathering PNG's pound for pound taking on the world's best fighters as a lead up towards international fights in both the amateur and professional level.

The tournament in Simbu has been sponsored by Member for Kundiawa - Gembolg Joe Mek Teine with K36, 000 winning the naming rights.

The Mt Wilhelm Track cup is set to be a big show down in the township of Kundiawa
Despite the Governor coming good, the organizers need K120, 000 to stage the tournament.

Already PNGKBA has raised a total of K56, 000 but with just two months to go before the tournament, calls are being made for financial backing from various business houses.

Other tournaments in the 2010 calendar includes five international fights in Australia and four local tournament which will be held in Simbu, Wewak, Kimbe and Mendi.

Vice president of the PNGKB Napoleon Rema said the event in Kundiawa will be a huge boost for he fighters to be qualified for international ranking.

" The highlights of this event is Australia's Tim Drury taking our PNG's very own Jiwaka style mangi Alfred Samuel in the welter weight title (68kg) which has been put off to June this year due to Alfred's ranking," Rema said.

Rema said the WKA office in Melbourne has confirmed that some of the fighters need to qualify before fighting for a title and Alfred was one of the many.

Rising star, Jeffery 'The Iron' Daka will take this fight in Simbu as an opportunity to qualify for a title fight in the future.

Jeffery has caught the attention of the PNGKBA selectors after beating his opponent in one of the under card bout in Port Moresby in 2008.

Meanwhile Team PNG will be camping out at the National Sports Institute in Goroka in March.

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