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Neville Potter Warupi to Enter Professional Boxing Arena

Updated: Apr 29

Yule Islander, Neville Potter Warupi, a 29-year-old boxer, is preparing to turn professional this year and embark on a new career path in the boxing world. In three months' time, he will step into the professional arena.


In a recent phone interview, Warupi stated that he would participate in some trial matches in Australia before officially turning professional in three months.


Warupi has acknowledged his shortcomings and said that he gets defeated sometimes but it's part of boxing.

"Of course, I do get knockouts, but that's boxing," he said.


He also mentioned that his most memorable experience, which served as a stepping stone for him, was attending the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England in 2022 with national coach, Mark Keto. Unfortunately, he lost in the quarterfinals to Scotland's Tyler Jolly.


During his professional journey, Warupi will be supported by his brother, Derek Wabber and will be accommodated in Australia under North Coast Combat Fitness.


Prior to his professional debut in Australia for trials and tournaments, Warupi will travel to Goroka for conditioning that will enable his stamina and cardiovascular endurance, which is vital for any athlete in any sport, until March and then head to Australia for lead-up tournaments and trials.


Warupi expressed his gratitude to the Papua New Guinea Boxing Union, Sports Foundation, Olympic Committee, and his coaches Mark Keto, Joe Aufa, and Jack Willie for their guidance and mentorship throughout his amateur boxing career.


"I want to thank the PNG Boxing Union, Sports Foundation, Olympic Committee, and coaches Mark Keto, Joe Aufa, and Jack Willie. They have provided me with a wealth of knowledge about boxing," he said


Warupi is grateful to God for bringing him this far and is excited about what the future holds for him in professional boxing.


Turning professional will allow Warupi to participate in international professional bouts, joining the ranks of well-known PNG boxers like late Martin Beni the legend, Johnny Aba, John Korake, Junior Kauko Raka, Peter Miria, and others.

Meanwhile, Warupi has created a 'Go Fund Me' page called; 'Neville Warupi: Battle for Greatness' organised by Jessica Haurama in Australia. The page or website is a fundraiser to assist Warupi in his pursuit towards his new boxing career.

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