Boxing Goes Back to Its Roots

The MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy goes back to its roots tomorrow when the ‘Local is Lekker’ Boxing Bonanza is held at the Independence Arena in Katutura.

It was the venue for the Academy’s first professional tournament on 24 November 2001 when Rambo Hantindi beat Farai Kachigwada of Zimbabwe on a seventh round KO to become Namibia’s first WBA African champion.

Since then the Academy has grown from strength to strength, producing two world champions and numerous African champions along the way.

Saturday’s bonanza however has a modest lineup with two national titles topping the bill. In the main bout Jatoorora Tjingavete takes on Peter Malakia for the vacant junior welterweight title over 10 rounds, while Walter Kuutondokwa takes on Theophilus Vatileni for the national middleweight title.

This will be the fourth meeting between Tjingavete and Malakia, with Tjingavete leading 2-1.

Tjingavete had a promising career, winning the WBA Africa lightweight title in July 2009, but two successive defeats against Martin Haikali stalled his progress and put him into a premature two-year retirement.

He however started his comeback last year and has since beaten Samuel Kapapu and Tommy Hango.

At a press conference o Thursday, Tjingavete said he was ready for the fight.

“I’m ready and I’ll put up a great show. This is like a comeback for me so Ill be ready,” he said.

Malakia has a patchy record of 12 wins, 12 losses and a draw and although he has often challenged for the national or African title, he always ended up on the losing side.

He has lost national title fights to Tjingavete, Haikali, Julius Indongo and Samuel Kapapu, while he lost the Africa WBO lightweight title fight against Haikali six months ago.

Malakia was also in confident mood and said he had to set their record straight.

“I’m ready for Saturday and I’m sure I will win the fight. I won once and he won twice, so this time I will make it two-two,” he said.

In the main curtain raiser, Kuutondokwa will start as a big favourite for the national middleweight title. He only turned professional last year but is still unbeaten after four fights, while Vatileni has yet to win a fight, having lost four and drawn one.

There will be a total of ten professional fights, which will be preceded by several amateur fights, starting at 10h15. According to Tobias, the bonanza will also play an important developmental role.

“We are mixing the amateurs with the professionals so that they can learn. It’s not easy to get funds for amateurs so we will continue to do fights like this. This way we can help develop our boxer for international events like the Commonwealth Games,” he said.

VIP tickets cost N$200 while general tickets cost N$30. Tickets are available at the Namibian Boxing Control Board office, while the gate open at 10h00.

There will also be performances by musicians such as The Dogg, DJ Chin Chila and DJ Alba. Besides that, numerous Namibian continental and international champions will be in attendance and will display their belts at the event.

Source : The Namibian