Vengi brings home a silver

Photo: Gyan Athalae (left) and Kautoa Roddy slug it out in the 60kg (lightweight) final last Saturday night. 09092613

Heavyweight Vengi Hagai was unable to produce the dream win for the Cooks at Pacific Mini Games boxing finals at the National Auditorium on Saturday night.
Hagai was the sole home boxer in the ring, and he came up against southpaw Tahitian Richardet Mahanora in a tight 91kg division bout.
There was no scoring in the first round, even though it appeared that the Tahitian had tagged Hagai a couple of times.
Hagai tried to connect with his left hook throughout but he was tired by the middle of the second round. It was during this period that Mahanora scored the only point during the match which won him the gold.
Actually Hagai wasn’t the only Cook Islands boxer to be involved in the finals. A Teariki Samuel was to have fronted in the 51kg division. However, the mystery boxer did not and Samoan Kaisa Ioane won by a walkover.
In the 54kg bantamweight fight Jason Tuiha’a from Tahiti edged Sinapapa Sanele from Samoa to win 3-2.
However, the second Tahitian in the ring, Vatea Bossuet was not so fortunate in the 57kg clash against Colan Caleb from Nauru. Bossuet led 2-0 in the first round but the Nauruan came back to lead 3-2 in the second, and then take out the match 5-2.
The bout between Gyan Athalae (New Caledonia) and Kautoa Roddy (Kiribati) in the 60kg class was a classic. After no scoring in the first round, Athalae scored once in the second, and then kept ahead in the third to win a close one 2-1.
If spectators thought the previous fight was good, the 64kg final between Inoma Livai (Samoa) and Jean-Louis Albertini (Tahiti Nui) was a thriller. Both boxers exchanged flurries right throughout, with the Tahitian leading 3-0 in the first. But Livai clawed his way back and lead 4-3 with just seconds to go, before Albertini levelled the scores just before the bell. In the end, a decision was given to Albertini in the blue corner.
Joseph Deireragea won Nauru’s second gold medal of the night with a cat-and-mouse victory over Albert Temaititahio (Tahiti Nui) in the 69kg category.
Afaese Fata Kalepi from Samoa showed his class in an eagerly-awaited 75kg division clash against Andrew Kometa (Kiribati). Fata Kalepi displayed excellent combinations and put up a solid guard which Kometa found hard to pierce – the Samoan eventually winning 7-2.
America Samoa’s sole representative Feleauto Manutulila beat Tahiti’s Puaiura Ta’aroa in the 81kg final – both boxers putting in punch and counter punch. With the score 3-all after the second round, both boxers stood toe-to-toe for almost the entire third round, with Manutulila winning 5-3 in the end.
Talk about saving the best for last, the super heavyweight bout (91+kg) between Tafai Nena (Tahiti) and Jake Ageidu from Nauru, was the fight of the night in terms of action, points and standing counts. Ageidu went ahead 6-0 and put a standing count on Nena in the first round.
He put another count on Nena before getting one back in return and having penalty points go against him, for the Tahitian to draw even at 8-all at the end of the second.
It was then punch for punch in the third, with the Tahitian then conceding penalty points for Ageidu to draw level at 12-all. Nena then got a right hand in to edge out the Nauruan for gold.
During the night, a special presentation of life membership was awarded to long-time local stalwart Jim Little by the international boxing association, AIBA. - 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

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ALL BOXING MATCHES WILL BEGIN AT 7:00PM

Thursday - Semi Finals Night

Friday - No boxing

Saturday - Finals Night