Kora punches way forward

PNG Team Lamana started off its Oceania and Olympic Qualifier campaign on a high note when classy Chavis Kora won his first bout last night at Atele Indoor stadium in Tonga.

Kora proved too classy for his American Samoa opponent Isako Isako jnr running away with 20 points difference in the third round and was awarded the fight on Referee Stop Contest Outclass (RSCO) decision.

Speaking from International Deadline Hotel in Tonga's capital, Nukualofa, PNG coach Lohial Nuau said he was happy with the performance of his young boxer.

"Overall, I am happy with Kora's performance. PNG team had two-months training in Melbourne and its good that we have produced a good result," he said.

Nuau said Kora will wait until all fights in his division are completed and he will know who is next challenge would be.

"Kora has a long road to Olympic Games because he has 11 fighters in his division," the coach said.
The next in the ring for Team Lamana would Lynch Ipera in 57kg. The Bougainvillean fight will be up against the current Australian champion Ryan Langhan of Australia Team One today.

The former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist was absent from active boxing in the last three years but has fought his way back into the national team for the Olympic qualifier.

Tomorrow, Rudi Susnek, the Queensland-based fighter who is part Central and Australian will take on Taofi of Tonga in the light heavy-weight division.

And on Thursday, Paul Lare will meet Gyan Kumar of Fiji in 52kg while Willie Jack will go straight into semi finals on Friday against Muhammad Fernandos of Australia Team two.

Ten countries are currently taking part in the boxing tournament that include Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Fiji, American Samoa, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tahiti and PNG.


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