By Taromane Martin
THE Solomon Islands boxing squad for Decembers Pacific Mini-Games in Vanuatu have resumed their sparing trainings at the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Cooperation (SIBC).
The boxers returned back to training on Tuesday after the hosting of the SIABF fights three weeks ago at the Multipurpose Hall.
Coach Warren Pugeva said most of the boxers need to improve on their fitness, combinations discipline and commitment to training which are crucial in this sport.
“They need to improve. Some of them during the sparing sessions had their tongues hanging out after round two.
“They need to try to work it out here. They need to find their range, their speed, combinations and how they execute them in the ring.
“That is what these sparing’s are for to help them build and find their techniques for when they are in the ring,” he said.
Despite the poor and lack of training area for the boxing squad, they are looking for help from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force to allow them to use their sports facility at Rove to train and prepare to represent the country at the Mini-Games.
Meanwhile Honiara Amatuer Boxing Association (HABA) President John Firirote said it is still too early to comment on the progress and also urged the fighters to improve on their fitness.
“It is still too early to comment. However, each one will need to watch their diet and always come to training because this will determine if they will be picked for December,” Mr Firifote said.
“They need to work it out here now and be ready to represent the country because there are a lot of international outings coming up for boxers so they need to start working and figuring it out right now,” Firifote adds.
SIABF has been given ten spots for the two hundred plus athletes who will make up the Team Solomon for the Mini-Games in December.