'Nowhere to hide', says Moala

Training hard: Lomalito Moala is preparing for the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Chris Lane

Training hard: Lomalito Moala is preparing for the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Chris Lane

SOCIAL media can be used for many things.

For Cabramatta resident Lomalito Moala he is using it for motivation.

The 24-year-old has turned his Facebook page into a contract with himself and his supporters.

A promise that he will leave no stone unturned to transform his boxing bronze at the Delhi Commonwealth Games to a gold at Glasgow.

"Social media is a chance to talk the talk and now it is almost time to walk the walk. There is nowhere to hide," Moala said.

"If I talk it means I have to train hard to back it up. That part is easy because I am hungrier then ever to go one better than last time."

It's a big ask for Moala to repeat his magical run at Delhi.

He is stepping up a weight division into light welterweight.

And he has spent the past two years away from the ring.

Moala took a mental break from the sport after falling tantalising short of an Olympics berth in 2012.

"To miss London by one point was hard but it was more of mental thing that I didn't get through," said Moala, who will celebrate his 25th birthday during the Glasgow Games.

"It wasn't because the guy was better; it was more mental on my part.

"I was lost and didn't know what I wanted to do because I felt like had accomplished everything in boxing except for the Olympics.

"That's why I needed the break but there was always unfinished business."

That unfinished business is a gold medal at Glasgow.

Moala, who is hoping to carry the flag for Tonga at the opening ceremony, is training six hours a day to prepare for his comeback.

"I feel like I haven't lost anything in the ring and I have just got more mature," he said.

'"With the help of my dad Alani Moala and Ronnie Sinclair I have been training hard at Crunch Fitness in Bankstown and Belmore PCYC to get mentally right.

"I don't want to repeat the same mistake I did last time when I got to the semi-final and thought that was a gold medal. I want to get the job done. I won't be happy with a bronze this time around.

"This time around I'm a bit more relaxed , I don't feel like there is anything to prove."

And as for his long-term goal?

"I want to have one last crack at making the Olympics at Rio and then turn professional," Moala said.

"That's the plan after I win gold at Glasgow," he said.

Now, that would make for a couple of nice Facebook posts.

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