Vanuatu’s Boe Warawara made the perfect start to the defence of his bantamweight title at the Oceania Boxing Confederation Boxing Championships in Gold Coast today.
The Rio 2016 Olympian was in fine form, as he beat New Zealand’s Keegan O’Kane to advance to the gold medal contest.
He will face the challenge of Sam Goodman, with the Australian having overcome Noki Beupu of Papua New Guinea in his semi-final bout.
Nauru’s Colan Caleb and New Zealand’s Richard Hadlow will clash in the light-welterweight final, with the pair having beaten Papua New Guinea’s John Ume and Tonga’s Fineasi Tuipulotu respectively.
Fiji will boast one fighter in tomorrow’s finals, with Winston Hill having advanced in the men’s welterweight.
Hill, the top seed, defeated New Zealand’s Leroy Hindley in the semi-finals.
He will take on the host nation’s Andrew Hunt, with the Australian having beaten John Barry Slade Moleni of Tonga in the last four.
Campbell Somerville will fail to advance to the middleweight final in front of a home crowd, losing to New Zealand’s Ryan Scaife.
Scaife will take on Henry Tyrell in the gold medal match, with the Samoan having won his semi-final with Nauru’s Francis Togagae.
New Zealand’s Patrick Mailata secured a place in the super heavyweight final by beating Samoa’s Ishmael Liaina.
He will now face Australia’s Joseph Goodall.
It is the last of the five Continental Championships that serve as direct qualification routes to the International Boxing Association’s World Boxing Championships, due to be held in the German city of Hamburg between August 25 and September 2.
The two finalists in each of the 10 weight categories will secure their places in Hamburg.
All finals will be held tomorrow.