Naidjala to Take on New Opponent on Saturday

Immanuel Naidjala will take on a new Tanzanian opponent, Juma Fundi, in the main bout of Saturday’s ‘Independence International Boxing Bonanza’ after his previous opponent withdrew due to medical reasons.

Naidjala was originally supposed to fight Francis Miyeyushu of Tanzania for the vacant WBO African bantamweight title but according to promoter Nestor Tobias of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy, Miyeyushu failed to pass a medical test and was withdrawn by the Tanzanian Boxing Commission.

Tobias, however, said that Fundi would provide a stiff challenge for Naidjala.

“Francis didn’t make the medical, but the new guy is medically fit and he is a good fighter with a record of 24 wins,10 losses and two draws,” he said.

Fundi is still only 27 years old but has kept busy as a professional boxer. Last year he fought eight professional fights while he already has two fights under his belt this year, the most recent being last weekend when he beat compatriot Haji Juma on points over six rounds.

His last defeat came in August 2013 against compatriot Nasibu Ramadhani who beat him on points, while he also lost on a second round knockout to the former WBO bantamweight world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu in May last year.

Since the Ramadhani defeat he has however notched up four wins and one draw, and he is currently the top ranked bantamweight in Tanzania.

The 29-year-old Naidjala is not as experienced, although he has a better record of 17 wins, one draw and one defeat.

His first defeat came in his world title bid against Tomoki Kameda of Japan in December last year, which also cost him his WBO Top 10 world ranking, and Naidjala said he was now keen to get back amongst the top again.

“I’ve worked hard over the last two months and the change in opponent won’t change my plans. Getting into the world rankings is my main aim now, so I’m happy someone else stepped in, but I’ll punish him all the same,” he said.

“I’ll punish him for the first six rounds and if he is still standing I’ll punish him some more,” he added.

In the main supporting bout Abmerk Shidjuu will take on Alex Kasengele of Zambia in an eight round flyweight fight.

In an international junior lightweight fight over eight rounds, Samuel Kapapu will take on Darius Lupupa of Zambia, while Walter Kuutondokwa will take on Moses Kamera of Botswana in an international middleweight fight over six rounds.

Mike Shonena will take on compatriot Edison Kandukwa in a welterweight fight over six rounds, while Nathaneal Kamati will take on Thato Monabana of Botswana in a super bantamweight fight over six rounds.

There will be five other fights featuring up and coming young boxers like Theoplus Vatileni, Steven Shimbonde, Eriki Kalenga, Nataneal Sebastian, Isaak Anyala and Onesmus Nekundi.

John Ekongo of MTC said he was excited to see some development boxers coming through the ranks and getting an opportunity to display their skills.

“I’m excited to see that we have a mixture of experienced and up and coming development boxers on the undercard. This forms part of our strategic intervention to make sure that more young people participate, which also forms part of our social responsibility to develop boxing in Namibia,” he said.

Tickets are available through Computicket at Checkers and Shoprite stores countrywide. Tickets cost N$100 per person or N$10 000 for a VIP table for ten, which includes snacks and drinks.

Source : The Namibian