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Commonwealth Games boxer from strong Samoan sporting pedigree

22 February 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News, In The Studio,

By Levi Matautia-Morgan -

The Samoa Amateur Boxing Association has named Team Samoa for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Among the four athletes chosen is Frank Masoe, nephew of former All Black Chris Masoe and former boxer Maselino Masoe.

Frank Masoe (right). Photo/ Supplied.

Frank Masoe will fight in the heavyweight division and says representing Samoa is a dream come true.

"I'm excited to represent my family and friends who are Samoan and the Samoan community here in New Zealand, Samoa and wherever."

The 22-year-old is part of the rising new generation of Samoan boxers.

Masoe will be representing Samoa in the Commonwealth Games. Photo/ Supplied.

Masoe is ambitious and says he wants to surpass Joseph Parker's achievements.

"I believe the pinnacle of any sport is the Olympics and I really want to go to the Olympic Games."

"Joseph didn't qualify for the games and I don't know who the last boxer from New Zealand who's been to the games since David Tua."

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games begins on April 4.

Watch Frank Masoe in the studio with Malo on Pacific Drive

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