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Monday 4 October 2010 | Published in Regional

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Seventeen-year-old boxer Arama Jubilee (above) is still not fully aware of the magnitude of competing at the Commonwealth Games.

He just wants to fight.

He was only discovered as a boxer in late August some two and a half weeks before Team Cook Islands departed for India in late September.

Jubilee was ‘discovered’ during the August Fight Night and after his bout – he was selected into the team.

It’s no wonder the young man hasn’t had much time to think about the magnitude of the games as he’s done nothing but box and train for his fight in the super heavy weight division.

Jubilee’s father Arama Nooroa is half Aitutakian and half Tahitian and his mother Lizzy Teriitanoa is also half Cook Islander and half Tahitian.

And although Jubilee was born and raised in Tahiti where he still lives – he says his heart is in the Cook Islands.

Jubilee has been boxing for the Punaru boxing club in Tahiti for three years and has never boxed in any other competition but club bouts.

At 183cm the youngster is certainly an imposing sight and has only one thing on his mind.

“I just want to fight and I want to win a medal,” he says.

Jubilee is joined by fellow boxer Mathew Titoa from Rarotonga and both have been training hard for this event.

The pair is scheduled to have their bouts in the middle of the week although their schedule is yet to be confirmed.

One thing is sure though – they are pumped and ready to fight for the Cook Islands.