Fighting for my Dad

By Joseph 'Sefa' Faletanoai Join Me

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Talofa lava and warm Pacific greetings!

On Saturday 28 November 2020, I will enter the boxing ring for the first time in honour of my late father Taulapapa Mani Faletanoai II who passed away November 2019 (one year ago).

Some of the fondest memories I have with my Dad is watching martial arts films in the weekend which inspired me take up martial arts training as I grew up. One of my biggest regrets is not competing in front of my Dad, he would often ask, "when is your next fight son? I want to watch you" - He would also ask this even when he lost his eye sight.

Amongst other health issues, Dad lost his eye sight about two years before passing. This was a difficult time for my family and I could not fathom his difficulty and frustration of not being able to work in the garden, go for walks with Mum, see the faces of his family, watch rugby etc. Now on the anniversary of his passing, I will enter the squared circle and dedicate this fight to his memory and raise awareness & money for Blind Low Vision NZ and fellow Kiwis who unfortunately suffer from sight loss.Β 

Dad - This one is for you.Β 

Please make a donation to my fundraising page to make sure Blind Low Vision NZ can be there to provide practical and emotional support services and ultimately empower New Zealanders who are blind, deafblind, or low vision to live the life they choose.

Fa'afetai lavaΒ 


Thank you to my Sponsors



Hi Son, am praying I can come back to Christchurch to support you. I am very proud of you and I know Dad will be with you. I love you son. Alofa tele atu, Mum xx


Lite Holdsworth

Whatever the outcome bro, you continue to make us all so very proud. Dad will be with you. Sorry can’t be there to cheer you in but will be thinking of you. Sis xx


Baye And Gem Riddell

Awesome kaupapa Sefa...honoured to be a small part



You make us all so proud everyday, arohanunui xx


Suli Tuitaupe

With you all the way brother! Fighting for an awesome cause 😁


Peter Foaese

God bless uce , love you brother


Chris D

All the best will this man


Andrea Girvin (kiwistyle Kickboxing)

I’m not wishing you luck, because as you know luck has nothing to do with it. You’ve done the training and put in the work... your kiwistyle family is with you all the way. We love you Sefa


Elaine Talamaivao-evalu

I love you cuz! So proud of you. Your old man and my pa are probably having a nice cold one and watching your fight! Cheers. Evalu strong x


Meshach Daniel Faafoe

Good luck and all the best for tonight uncle, we love you πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™



I know today’s fight won’t be easy, but I believe you’re up to the challenge because you’ve worked hard to get this far! Best of luck Sefa!


Rana & Tu'u

We love you Bob! All the best for your fight.


Robert Nangle



Go well Mentee!!


Byron Donaldson

Your Dad will be watching down cheering you on my man, Good luck with your fight brother! πŸ’ͺ


Maree Blair




Jeff Gaspi



What a special tribute to your wonderful Dad - he would be extremely proud my friend. I feel honoured to get to train with you and to also be taught by you. You're a wonderful sensei. All the very best for the 28th November Sefa x



Good luck bro πŸ‘‘πŸ‘ŠπŸ½πŸ’ͺ🏽