Papua New Guinea won six of the 10 available gold medals in today’s Port Moresby 2015 men’s boxing finals at the Caritas Technical Secondary School.
Charles Fauma Keama set the Pacific Games hosts on their way in the light flyweight category final, beating Tahiti’s Matauarii Ienfa with a first-round technical knockout as the Solomon Islands’s Paul Kava and Vanuatu’s Jean Leonce Nauka took the bronze medals.
There were also technical knockout wins for fellow countrymen Thadius Katua and Jonathan Keama, who claimed gold medals in the lightweight and middleweight divisions respectively.
Katua defeated Samoa’s Kaisa Ioane in the second round of their bout.
Keama then disposed of Tahiti’s Tautuarii Nena at the same stage of their contest.
Nauru’s Alphonse Deireragea and Tahiti’s Terauri Rowan Taurei were the lightweight bronze medallists.
Samoa’s Faamanu Aukuso and Kiribati’s Andrew Kometa rounded off the middleweight podium.
Flyweight Lui Magaiva was one of two home favourites to win on points, along with bantamweight Henry Uming, after which another Papua New Guinean fighter Tom Boga was handed a walkover victory against Nauru’s Colan Caleb in the light welterweight category.
Magaiva got the better of Nauru’s Teroi Ketner in a two-man division, prior to Uming outdoing Tahiti’s Roger Waoute in the final of a category which saw the Solomon Islands’ Gardiel Kumata Gabuvai and Vanuatu’s Boe Warawara take the bronze medals.
Boga and Caleb were followed onto the light welterweight podium by Vanuatu’s Daniel Iata and Tahiti’s Jordan Tuihaa.
The President of Papua New Guinea Amateur Boxing Union John Avira admitted he was overwhelmed with the efforts of Papua New Guinea's boxers, winning eight gold medals overall when added to the two won in the first-ever Pacific Games women’s competition yesterday.
“That is eight out of the 13 gold medals and now we are officially ranked number one in boxing in the Pacific,” he said.
Elsewhere, New Caledonia and Tahiti claimed two gold medals each as Fiji lost out in three of the four other finals.
Welterweight Louis D'anglebermes and light heavyweight Luke Hema delivered top honours for New Caledonia at the expense of Fiji’s Winston Hill and Tina Anthony Ruata respectively.
Papua New Guinea’s Andrew Kape Aisaga and Samoa’s Fifita Mosese Pousoo took the welterweight bronze medals, while Pousoo’s compatriot Afaese Hugo Fata Kalepi and the Solomon Islands’ Holyfield Riga finished third in the light heavyweight class.
Tahiti’s gold medal double came courtesy of Heimata Neuffer and Ariitea Putoa.
Neuffer beat Fiji’s Viliame Vutikalulu to the heavyweight title as Tuvalu’s Harry Dave Eti Esela and Papua New Guinea’s Lucas Wakore secured bronze.
Putoa, meanwhile, came out on top against Tonga’s Sepasitiano Hurrell Lavemai in the super heavyweight class, with New Caledonia’s Jean Tuisamoa and Nauru’s Jake Ageidu sharing third place.