2001 Alipate Korovou - Boxing

2001 Alipate Korovou

The nomination of this athlete quotes

 

"no other athlete has surpassed his achievements as an amateur in the sport is boxing in Fiji".

 

He began his career as an 18 year old fighting in the Light Welterweight division and became the champion in this division the following year. In 1966 he represented Fiji at the South Pacific Games in New Caledonia winning a silver medal. 1967 saw him winning the Fiji Welterweight Division and represented Fiji in New Caledonia. He became the Light Middleweight Fiji Champion in 1968 and fought against New Zealand during their Olympic Games trials where Fiji actually won the tournament. 1969 again saw him at the South Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea where he won gold in the Light Middleweight category.

 

In 1970 he turned professional and this saw him fighting again New Caledonia and on to Australia where his first fight was against Tony Mundine. He defeated Australian Ricky Paterson in 1976 to become the Australian Middleweight Champion and went on in 1977 to defeat the New South Wales Middleweight Champion. His professional career continued until 1979 culminating in the Commonwealth Middleweight Champion title, knocking out Monty Belham in the 12 round.

 

Once his active boxing days were over, this man became involved as a trainer for boxing, rugby and soccer and travelled many national teams. He obtained a Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy in 1981 and has assisted many national teams in this area in particular the Fiji contingents to the 1993 South Pacific Mini Games, 1998 Commonwealth Games and the infamous Fiji Sevens and Super 9 Rugby Teams.




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