Junior Fa to face former French Olympian in US bout; says he’s feeling “10 times better”

‘E fuhu ‘a Junior Fa he fe’uhi sino lelei ‘a ‘Ānolo ‘i Kolomipasi, ‘Ohaiō, ‘Amelika. Ko Faa’ kuo fika 12 foki ia ‘i he fakahokohoko e kau fuhu lelei ‘o e kau pauni mamafa ‘o māmani’ pea te na fetaulaki eni mo Newfel Ouatah ko e tangata fuhu Falanisē ne ‘osi fuhu ia ‘i he ‘Olimipiki ‘o e 2008 pea kuo ne māloni tu’o 16 mei he’ene fo’i fuhu ‘e 18. ‘E lele fe’auhi’ mei he ‘aho 28 Fepueli’ ki he ‘aho 3 Mā’asi’.

Junior Fa will fight in this year’s Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Colombus, Ohio.

Fa, who is ranked 12th in the World Boxing Organisation World heavyweight rankings, will fight France’s Newfel Ouatah.

Ouatah competed in the 2008 Olympics and has won 16 out of his 18 fights.

The championships will be held from February 28-March 3.

More than 200,000 sports and fitness fans are expected to attend to watch more than 22,000 athletes compete in 80 sports and events, including 16 Olympic events.

Fa has been coping with fatigue caused by low iron and haemoglobin levels and has had surgery after gastric surgery and biopsies for cancer.

As Kaniva news reported last October, Fa has maintained his winning streak, he found himself exhausted after his fights.

Fa won his last two fights in the US against Craig Lewis and Fred Latham, but his fights were described as sluggish.

His most recent victory was over Rogelio Omar Rossi in Christchurch.

His mid 2018 victory over Mexican champion Luis Pascual in Auckland was described as “uninspiring.”

However, American promoter Lou DiBella said he was sure Fa would bounce back from his illness, after good sparring with WBC champion Deontay Wilder last November.

“He looked great,” says DiBella.

“The champ was very complimentary about what he thought Junior’s potential was.”

Fa said he was “10 times better” than he was before.

Fa will be joined on the card by new City Kick Boxing teammate Hemi Ahio.

The New Zealand heavyweight champion is back from almost three years in the boxing wilderness, caused by a management dispute.

The main points

  • Junior Fa will fight in this year’s Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Colombus, Ohio.
  • Fa, who is ranked 12th in the World Boxing Organisation World heavyweight rankings, will fight France’s Newfel Ouatah.
  • Ouatah competed in the 2008 Olympics and has won 16 out of his 18 fights.

For more information

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