Controversial bout set for rematch

Joseph Kwadjo after a training session in Suva. Picture: ATU RASEA/FILE

Joseph Kwadjo won the bout but Isikeli Senidoko was the crowd favourites as the Lewis Hill Pacific Showdown Boxing Promotion lived up to the expectation of fans at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva on Saturday night.

Kwadjo beat Senidoko in the main bout after the referee stopped the fight with seconds remaining in the second round.

Senidoko was floored mid-way into the second round but got back up and put Kwadjo on the back foot for a few seconds.

Kwadjo retaliated and threw a few punches without reply giving the referee no option but to stop the fight.

Senidoko’s corner, including many fans at the venue, did not accept the decision easily as they thought the referee stopped the fight when it could have continued.

Kwadjo was happy with the win and thanked his supporters for coming out in numbers.

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to all my supporters, who came out in numbers to support me during my match. It was a good fight night with a great opponent,” Kwadjo said.

“A win by God’s grace, hard work and dedication. As always Lewis Hill Promotions brought us an extravagant display of fights. Thank you once again,” the Ghanaian boxer added.

“I want to thank my team members, who were there by my side. My Kwadjo Boxing Academy members, who were also present with their support. You all were amazing.”

Meanwhile, Senidoko won the hearts of many with his brave effort and has called for a re-match.

“In the last few moments, I was aware of what was happening. I know he was throwing punches, but I had my guard on. I was surprised when the referee stopped the fight,” Senidoko said.

“I had worked hard for this fight and coming and losing like this is just heartbreaking for me.”

The two boxers have agreed to a re-match and promoter Winston Hill has confirmed the rematch could be on the cards for his next promotion soon.

Other results:

Eddie Tuwai beat Mohammed Ali on points, Thanawut Phektum beat Mikaele Ravolaca on points, Semi Dauloloma beat Savenaca Waqairatu by TKO in the second round, James Singh beat Esira Cagi by TKO in the second round, Marion Ah Tong beat Abhay Chand by TKO in the first round, Jancen Poutoa beat Aminiasi Poutoa on points, Mere Kolipata and Daunakanakama bout ended in a draw

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