Am.Samoa fights Tumua ma Pule Samoa tonight!
Tonight is the big fight that you’ve all been waiting for — the battle between the two Samoas — not only to improve their fellowship and skills, but to maintain the talent and level of boxing in both Amateur and Professional level in the South Pacific. American Samoa Boxing Sensational rising star Alapati “The Heat Man” A’asa will face the challenger from Samoa, Sigapoa Asiata,who lost to Alapati in their last professional fight.
There will be nine Amateur and three Professional Bouts at the Veterans Memorial Stadium beginning at 6 PM. According to ASBS President, Henry Tavake the “tickets for the show will be $10.00, and children under the age of 12 are welcome to view the show for free.”
Yesterday at the Stadium, the boxing team from Samoa finally had the chance to meet face to face with their opponents from American Samoa, during the weigh-in that was held in the morning. Samoa News also had the chance to speak with Tavake about the main event bout, where he mentioned that A’asa will be a star.
“I have been training Alapati A’asa for the last four years, and I knew that there was something about him. Now that he’s at the professional level, I believe that he is going to be a star in the future, so I want to thank my brother from Samoa, Etuale for supporting me all these years, and without their help, this could’ve never been possible.”
Tavake said that it wasn’t just him who prepped up this still undefeated professional boxer from American Samoa. He said, “my most sincere thanks and acknowledgment goes out to Coach Etuale from Samoa, who helped me in the last 4 years to build up the level of boxing that Alapati is fighting in right now.”
He added, “we’ve always talked about him being a great fighter in the future, but now is that time. Alapati has reached his full potential and is packed with skills and stamina, to put him in this position where he is now, to being the main event of a fight night. My work with Samoa’s Amateur Boxing Association Vice President Etuale has finally reached its goal, and our dreams have come true, to see this kid do it big in the ring, and American Samoa will witness that tonight.”
He added, “I want to thank the team from Samoa, who brought down their top amateur fighters from there to compete against our local amateur fighters, for the fellowship of the two Samoas and the improvement of the boxing level not only for us, but for them as well.”
Samoa’s Amateur Boxing Association’s Vice President Etuale also wanted to send out his acknowledgments to Tavake and his council for hosting them this year. “I want to thank Tavake and his club for accepting our challenge and for hosting us specifically for this fight. I believe that your improvement in the game, is to actually step in the ring and fight, not only for the improvement of talent and skills here in American Samoa, but also the experience for our fighters who we brought with us to this event.”
Vice President Etuale also talked about the main event bout that will take place tonight, and how excited he is for both fighters, “I know Asiata has been preparing for a very long time for this fight, and I believe he is going to do everything in his power to try and win. The last time Alapati and Asiata met in the ring was last year, where Asiata lost to American Samoa’s Alapati A’asa.”
He added, “Alapati came over to Samoa and beat Asiata in his hometown. Now, tonight, Asiata has requested another challenge to A’asa and was accepted, and I know that Asiata will try to even things up with not only a win, but a win in American Samoa.”
The four professional bouts that will take place tonight at the Veterans Memorial Stadium will feature Henry Wells of American Samoa, who will face Samoa’s Gogosina Ulutoa. The second pro-fight will feature To’o Mitai of Samoa who will face Alema Vaele of American Samoa. Then two pro-fighters who are both from Samoa will face each other in the third pro-fight, Tony Iapeta and Michael Fonoti.
The night will conclude with the Main Event between “The Heat Man” Alapati A’asa of American Samoa, going up against Sigapoa Asiata who is the challenger in this fight.
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