Former Pacific Games boxing silver medalist Paul Kava is aiming for gold in the upcoming Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Kava told Star Sports yesterday he is fully prepared now for the Games and admitted he was not really in his top form in the previous Pacific Games in 2011 New Caledonia which he finished on the third position in the 48kg weight category.
“I’m prepared for the Games now than in the previous Games I attended.
“I have had my focus for gold in the Games ever since the end of the previous Games in New Caledonia.
“With so much commitment I have given into my preparations and the extra knowledge from our coach, I am confident I can make it this time round,” he said.
In 2007, Kava won silver in his weight category at the 13th Pacific Games in Samoa, his best finish in the Pacific’s biggest sporting event.
Boxing coach, Frank Riqa spoke highly of Kava, saying he is ready.
“That boy is set to fight; he has been impressive in his trainings and we are confident he can do it,” Riqa said.
A total of five boxers have been named to represent Solomon Islands at the Pacific Games.
They are Hollyfield Riqa, Redley Ofa, Francis Mila, Gordon Gums and Paul Kava.
These boxers will take part in the 80kg, 64kg, 60kg, 54kg and 48 kg weight category respectively.
They are currently training under the watchful eyes of Frank Riqa and a former boxer from the United States of America Joe Mata who has been helping Riqa to prepare the boys.
By CARLOS ARUAFU