Boxing bonanza excites at Omaruru mini-Olympics

OMARURU: Amateur boxers stole the limelight at the Omaruru mini-Olympics celebration on Saturday.

More than 20 teams of sportsmen from schools from around Namibia, as well as teams from the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), converged on Omaruru on Saturday for a one-day mini-Olympics event.

The event was held to celebrate Olympic Day, which is celebrated all over the world on 23 June every year. It was also aimed at motivating local athletes to realise the importance of participating in Olympic Games in future.

More than 200 boxing lovers witnessed 56 boxers from all over Namibia in action at the town’s Ozondje Community Hall.

Of the 28 bouts, the welterweight fight between debutant Riaan Coetzee and Mannex Johannes had the fans on their feet with their performance. Coetzee, who represented the Erongo Region, overcame Johannes who represented the Khomas Region after three rounds of boxing.

Coetzee told Nampa he is looking forward to many more fights as he would like to go professional in the next two years.

“I only joined boxing about a year and four months ago. I was a rugby player and after breaking a bone in my shoulder I decided to join the sport I admired while growing up. Today I made my debut and I’m still looking forward to many more fights so I can turn professional in the next two years,” he said.

Other fighters who also showed great boxing skills were middle welterweight boxers Mendu Kaangundue and Alfonso Alexander, who dominated their opponents in that category after three rounds of boxing.