From walkover to near upset

The first Cook Islands boxer went out of the Pacific Mini Games competition, without throwing a punch.
Well almost.
Rei Marcus Jack’s name was put into yesterday morning’s 69kg class draw, in the hope that he would draw a bye so that he could overcome a chest complaint.
Jack was drawn to fight a Kiribati boxer last night, and Mikaobo Tooma was declared to have won the match by a walkover, at the draw.
But come last night Jack fronted up to face the Kiribati boxer and almost caused an upset leading on points 4-2 in the second round. Tooma levelled the score and put a standing eight count on Jack, and then controlled the third round to win 6-4.
In the 75kg bout, Samoa’s Afaese Fatakalepi was too strong for local boy Eddie Daniel, pushing out to a 3-1 lead in the first round, powering away to 7-1 in the second and then easing back to win 10-1 at the end.
In an ironic twist, one person in the Cook Islands squad will turn out tonight for … Samoa!
Mathew Titoa, who was originally selected for the Pacific Mini Games, but did not qualify as he did not possess a New Zealand passport, will fight in the 91kg division against a Tahitian opponent Richardet Mahanora.
Cook Islands coach Tom Marsters said that the Samoans had approached him to ask if he could box for his homeland, and Titoa had given his consent only yesterday morning.
“I think he was very reluctant because he is looking at boxing for the Cook Islands in the future.”
Marsters joked that if Titoa wins a medal, it will be for the Cooks.
“We have trained him right up to now – he has made the Cook Islands his home.”
Last night Eric Bossuet (Tahiti) beat Mohammed Shahmeem (Fiji) in the 57kg category (16-2), and Tahitian Albert Temaititahio kept out Isimeli Cagica from Fiji (10-8) in the 69kg class.
The boxing competition will continue this evening at 7pm.
Cook Islanders Osolai Akai and Vengi Hagai will appear in the ring tonight. - Moana Moekaa: Cook Islands News




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Updated Results

BOXING FINALS

FLY WEIGHT 51kg

GOLD : IOANE Kaisa - Samoa
SILVER : SAMUEL Teariki - Cook Islands

BANTAM WEIGHT 54 kg

GOLD : TUIHAA Jason Marunui - Tahiti
SILVER : SANELE Sinapapa - Samoa


FEATHER WEIGHT 57kg

GOLD : CALEB Colan - Nauru
SILVER : BOSSUET Vatea Pierre-Olivier Eric - Tahiti
BRONZE : SHAHMEEM Mohammed - Fiji


LIGHT WEIGHT 60kg

GOLD : ATHALAE Gyan - New Caledonia
SILVER : RODDY Kautoa - Kiribati
BRONZE : AUAPAAU Vili - Samoa
BRONZE : ROBSON Joseph Tehaamaru - Tahiti


LIGHT WELTER WEIGHT 64kg

GOLD : ALBERTINI Jean-Louis Ariihau - Tahiti
SILVER : LIVAI Inoma Faasala - Samoa
BRONZE : SOKOBALAVU Taniela - Fiji
BRONZE : MARTOREDJO Nicholas - New Caledonia  

WELTER WEIGHT 69kg

GOLD : DEIRERAGEA Joseph - Nauru
SILVER : TEMAITITAHIO Albert - Tahiti
BRONZE : TOOMA Mikaobo - Kiribati
BRONZE : FONOTI-TUPUTOA Michael Agavaa - Samoa

MIDDLE WEIGHT 75kg

GOLD: FATA KALEPI Afaese Hugo - Samoa
SILVER : KOMETA Andrew - Kiribati
BRONZE : DELAILOMALOMA Solomone Sarawaqa - Fiji
BRONZE : MAHANORA Marian Vaihau - Tahiti

LIGHT HEAVY WEIGHT 81kg

GOLD : MANUTULILA Faleauto Leuila - American Samoa
SILVER : TAAROA Puaiura Tera Erickson - Tahiti
BRONZE : AKAI Osolai Maximillian Kolbe - Cook Islands
BRONZE : RUATA Tarieta - Kiribati

HEAVY WEIGHT 91kg

GOLD : MAHANORA Richardet Emilton - Tahiti

SILVER : HAGAI Vengi - Cook Islands
BRONZE : TERRAT Olivier - New Caledonia
BRONZE : TITOA Mathew - Samoa

SUPER HEAVY WEIGHT +91kg

GOLD : NENA Tafai Joseph - Tahiti

SILVER : AGEIDU Jake - Nauru
BRONZE : TUISAMOA Jean - New Caledonia

Te Karere Board

ALL BOXING MATCHES WILL BEGIN AT 7:00PM

Thursday - Semi Finals Night

Friday - No boxing

Saturday - Finals Night