Mosese Varasikete

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Name: Mosese Varasikete
Died: 2007-01-03
Hometown: Nadi, Fiji
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Article: Fiji Times- Friday, January 05, 2007 [1]

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mosese Varisikete will be laid to rest in Nadi today.

Varisikete, 70, passed away two days ago at his Namotomoto village.

He was one of Fiji's most feared boxers during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Varisikete rose to fame in 1959 when he won the South Seas Heavyweight title. He floored Tonga's Kitione Lave in Nadi with the first punch in the opening round to be crowned the winner in April 1959.

He lost the title to Lave four months later in a rematch. Varisikete challenged Lave again a month later in Savusavu but was knocked out in the third round.

However, the Fijian boxer had the last laugh when he regained the title in October 1959 in front of his home fans in Nadi.

Varisikete defeated Sakiusa Cawaru of Ba two months later. He traveled to New Zealand in February 1960 to fight Kiwi Sonney Pehi. Varisikete lost through a technical decision in the sixth round.

The former Fiji and Western division champion is survived by four children.

A church service will be held at the Namotomoto Methodist Church at 10am.