Boxing Promises Xmas Bonus

Boxing promoter Nestor Tobias on Tuesday launched three end-of-the-year boxing bonanzas saying they would offer Namibian fans some bonus presents before Christmas.

“Most companies have year-end functions and give presents to their staff, but at the academy we do what we do best – we will entertain our fans and our boxers will display their boxing skills,” Tobais said at a press conference in Windhoek.

The MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy will host three boxing tournaments next month. First up is an international bonanza at the Windhoek Country Club on 6 December, which will see Immanuel Naidjala defending his WBO Africa bantamweight title against Gideon Buthelezi of South Africa in the main bout.

A week later, the academy will host the MTC Sunshine Boxing Cup for amateurs at the A Shipena School in Windhoek and on 20 December the last professional tournament for the year will take place at the Helao Nafidi Trade Fair Centre in Oshikango, where former world champions Paulus Moses and Paulus Ambunda will top the bill.

The December 6 ‘Champions in Action Part 3 Boxing Bonanza’ will feature a g undercard with a total of ten bouts.

In the main curtain raiser, Julius Indongo will defend his WBO Africa junior welterweight title against Kaizer Mabuza of South Africa, a former IBO world light welterweight champion. Mabuza has a pro record of 25 wins, 12 defeats and three draws, and it will be his fourth visit to Namibia, after two previous victories against Jason Naule and a defeat to Tyson Uushona.

There will be two rematches, with Abmerk Shidjuu once again putting his WBO Africa flyweight title on the line against Jafet Uutoni, while Samuel Kapapu will defend his WBO Africa lightweight title against Martin Haikali.

Shidjuu and Kapapu both won after controversial decisions on 26 July and Tobias said both boxers deserved a rematch.

“The last time they fought, they were both very close fights, so let them fight again and let’s see who comes out on top,” Tobias said.

Other up and coming boxers on the 6 December bill include the unbeaten middleweight, Walter Kuutondokwa, who has won four of his six fights on first round knockouts, and Sakaria Lukas, Simon Johannes and Mike Shonena who are all also unbeaten.

Naidjala, who has a pro record of 19 wins, one draw and one loss, will face a tough opponent in Gideon Buthelezi who is a former IBO super bantamweight champion with a record of 13 wins and four defeats.

Naidjala however said he was ready and confident of victory.

“I’m prepared and looking forward to this fight and just the fact that I’m fighting a former wold champion is already a big motivation for me. I have some great sparring partners including a former world champion (Paulus Moses) and some amateur champions who are helping me. When I look at the boy (Buthelezi) – he’s a southpaw and I haven’t fought one before, but I can adjust to anyone and come 6 December Ill give you an extra celebration,” he said.

The Christmas Knockout Boxing Bonanza in Helao Nafidi will see former world champions Paulus Ambunda and Paulus Moses both on the comeback trail.

Ambunda, who has a record of 21 wins and one defeat will take on Tshifhiwa Munyai of South Africa, who has a record of 24 wins, three defeats and one draw.

Ambunda was in confident mood.

“I’m just waiting for 20 December to come. This will be a bonus present before Christmas so I’m inviting the whole nation to come and join us at Helao Nafidi and I’ll give them a good result to celebrate,” he said.

Moses, who has a pro record of 34 wins and two defeats will take on Jorge Luis Rodriguez of Argentina, who has a record of 17 wins, nine defeats and one draw.

“It was not easy because I just fought recently and then I was told to fight on 20 December again. But I can see that this is big. Now I am ranked number two in the world and next week I could be number one so for me this will be good preparation. Hellao Nafidi, we are coming on the 20th December and we will make sure that you get a good result,” Moses said.

Source : The Namibian