By Taromane Martin
IT was a memorable win for 18 year old Pemberton Lele from Western Province after his win over FOTE boxing club’s Ricky Benjamin in their light welter weight (64kg) fight on Saturday.
Despite receiving of a couple of low blows from Benjamin in the first and second rounds, Lele was able to keep his head in the fight, forcing Benjamin’s corner to throw in the towel to stop the match in the third round.
The 18 year old told SunSPORTS he was pleased with the win on Saturday and credited his coaches encouragements for his win.
“I feel proud; I’m happy and want to thank my trainers at Elite Bombers for always encouraging us to keep going even if we are tired and that is what paid off for me,” Lele told SunSPORTS after his win.
Benjamin said he was disappointed with his performance but vows to train more and improve his game plan for his fourth bout.
“I’m discouraged with the loss but that is ok, I will go back train and work extra harder for my next fight.
“I need to improve on my guard and foot work which my Coach and I will go back work on and get ready for the next HABA bouts.
“I felt there were a lot of weakness in my game plan but like I said these are areas I will go back and work on,” he said.
It was a good night in the bantam weight (56kg) division for Diesel Viti’s Henry Pua.
Pua maintained his winning form on Saturday defeating last year’s Pacific Mini Games representative, Scorpion boxing club’s Alex Micah after picking up a judges split points decision win.
Pua who one day hopes to represent Solomon Islands in boxing said he was pleased and looks forward to establishing himself as one of bantam weight’s best.
Meanwhile other results from the 7th HABA amateur tournament on Saturday are as follows:
Bantam weight (56kg)
Nicholson Donga (Hatanga) losing to Criswell Otuana (Scorpion) via judges split points decision
Alex Micah (Scorpion) losing to Henry Pua (Diesel Viti) via judges split points decision
Light Welterweight (64kg)
Ricky Benjamin (FOTE) losing to Pemberton Lele (Elite Bombers) after referee stopped the contest in round three.
John Goe (Diesel Viti) losing to Danny Ruel (Solomon Pride) via judges split points decision
Richard Setty (Elite Bombers) losing to Peter Jack (Hatanga) via judges split points decision
John Tosia (Solomon Pride) losing to Hudson Ratu (Covenant) via judges split points decision
Bronson Tanagu (Diesel Viti) losing to Sam Ledi Jnr (FOTE) via judges split points decision
Joshua O’oku (Covenant) defeated Jimmy Bennett (Solomon Pride) via judges split points decision.
Jeff Nyieda (Hatanga)lost to Francis Nuisaru (Elite Bombers) via judges split points decision.
Jnr Kuma (Diesel Viti) lost to Jay Jay Reo (Solomon Pride) via judges split points decision
Lemmuel Silisia (Hatanga) lost to Hansel Ramo (Solomon Pride) via judges split points decision
Light Weight (81kg)
Johnathan Dusu (Hatanga) defeated Peter Howard (Elite Bombers) via judges split points decision
Light welterweight (64kg)
Petsy Seka (Solomon Pride) lost to Henry Kia (Covenant) via judges split points decision