Stepping back into the ring is not an easy thing to do, especially after more than six years in the corner, but 'The Machine' Vili (Vili's Boxing Gym, Auckland) pulled it off with style on Friday at his self-promoted 'Bring it on Fight Night'. Landing vigorous combinations - jab, cross, body shot, upper cut - and walloping body shots on his opponent Jake 'The Panther' Paul (Hamilton), 'The Machine' gave it his all. Four rounds of solid pro-boxing action quickly dispensed with any misconception that Vili wasn't ready to return, and gave the promoter/fighter a unanimous decision in front of a full house crowd.
This outstanding main event come-back was supported by a no-holds-barred assault on the senses, as the bright lights and smoky entrances of the fighters were punctuated by NZ's Got Talent-style crowd competitions; an appearance by Michael Jackson's "younger brother," moon-walking and singing his way through the classics; a well-choreographed Samoan sword dance performance; and plenty of quality amateur and corporate fights on the card.
Among the finest displays of corporate boxing prowess on the night was the Sam Ngaue vs Vaasao Leota bout, which gave the fans a David and Goliath match-up. Leota was punching above his weight to even the score with Ngaue: it was a war of biblical proportions, but in the end Ngaue finished the fight with a huge right-hand TKO decision in the last round by referee stoppage. Goliath triumphed over a lighter, yet equally well-trained and hard-hitting David.
Filling out the night's pro-boxing entertainment was a gold bout between Joshua Tai and Vili's own hard man, Ben Vili. Despite a great effort from Vili, Tai left the ring with a unanimous decision in his favour.
Look out for the next Vili Boxing Gym Promotions event, because there's a come-back in the works.
Roy Kainano WON by unam decvs Taape Fuatogi
Nancyn Koroheke WON by unam decvs James Tinei
Selegi Sala vs Barry Ulberg – DRAW
Junior WON by unam decvs Josh Pascoe
Brendon Malesala vs Nuikolao Muliagatele – DRAW by Maj dec
Patrick Lefaoseu WON by TKO-R3 vs Matthew Jessop
Liuatu Laupola WON by maj dec vs Hamiora Waipouri
Irene Sagatu WON by unam dec vs Qustavia Lui