3 out of 3 for Kia

Fans disappointed with judges

By Taromane Martin

Referee Jay Makana lifts Henry Kia’s hand as the victor…Photo Taromane Martin.

ITS three wins out of three meetings for Covenant Boxing Club’s Henry Kia who stopped Solomon Pride’s Petsy Seka over the weekend at the Multipurpose Hall.

Kia stopped Seka via judges split point’s decision in the main event of the 7th Honiara Amateur Boxing Association (HABA) tournament on Saturday to remain as number one in the men’s light welter weight division.

Seka looked good on the combinations scoring points early in all three rounds and at times forcing the referee to call on Kia to stop slapping.

However, Kia was too powerful with his combinations showing why he holds the fastest record for TKO since the bouts inception in 2016.

Meanwhile some boxing fans are calling on match officials and judges to stop their biasness during the HABA tournaments.

A number of fans approached SunSPORTS on Saturday to utter their disappointment with the way some of the judges handle fights and called on HABA to start identifying officials as well as athletes for the sport.

“I thought the judges were biased with their decisions for the Sam Ledi Jnr and Bronson Tanagu fight in the Welterweight division,” one disappointed fan commented.

“It was clear Tanagu dominated Ledi in that fight however because of family connections inside the judging team he was awarded the win.

“To me it was a disappointment and disgrace because I thought the best fighter was robbed of a win and I call on HABA to also start improving their officials by including new people as judges,” he adds.

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