Naidjala to Top Independence Boxing Bonanza

IMMANUEL ‘Prince’ Naidjala will launch his comeback at the Independence Boxing Bonanza on 5 April when he takes on Francis Miyeyusho of Tanzania for the vacant WBO Africa bantamweight title.

Naidjala previously held the title but when he lost his WBO bantamweight world title bid against Tomoki Kameda of Japan on 3 December last year, he also had to relinquish the continental title.

That was Naidjala’s first defeat as a professional boxer and his professional record now stands at 17 wins, with 11 knock outs, one draw and one defeat.

At a press conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, Namibian boxing promoter Nestor Tobias said that Naidjala would have to go through the ranks again to reach the top.

“Prince was a former WBO Africa champion but when he lost to Kameda he also lost the African title which became vacant. He will now challenge for this title and will have to go through the ranks again to reach the top,” he said.

The Independence Boxing Bonanza has traditionally been held at the Windhoek Country Club on Namibia’s independence day of 21 March but according to Tobias it can only be staged on 5 April this year because the Country Club is fully booked till then.

The 34-year-old Miyeyusho is an experienced boxer with a professional record of 37 wins, 10 defeats and two draws. His last defeat came in April 2012, but since then he has won six fights in a row in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam.

Tobias said that Miyeyusho would be a g opponent.

“We looked at his record and the quality of his opponents. He has a good record and has fought all over the world so for Prince to once again get a world ranking, he will have to fight the best available boxers,” he said.

Tobias said he believed that Naidjala could still win a world title.

“Immanuel Naidjala is a great fighter he put up a great fight against Kameda but did not win, but he can still become a world champion,” he said.

Naidjala said he was ready and determined to reach the top again.

“I’ve been training in the gym for the past few months and am in top shape. I had a great fight against Kameda and learnt a lot so I’ll put that experience to good use against Miyeyusho. I’d like to call on my fans to come and support me, I promise to put up a good show and wont disappoint them,” he said.

The Independence Boxing Bonanza will see a total of 10 professional fights with mostly Namibian boxers in action.

In the main supporting bout, Nathaneal Kamati will take on Kebonyethebe Ramaboana of Botswana in a super bantamweight fight over six rounds.

Established Namibian boxers who will be in action include Samuel Kapapu, Mike Shonena and Abmerk Shindjuu although their opponents still have to be finalised.

The rest of the action will see Walter Kuutondokwa up against Moses Kamera, Mendu Kaangundue vs Steven Shombonde, Erikan Mpadhi vs Jacob Jacob, Eriki Kalenga vs Nataneal Sebastian and Isaack Anyala vs Onesmus Nekundi.

Tobias said he would soon announce another boxing bonanza that will feature Namibia’s former WBO bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda and Namibia’s WBO African welterweight champion Tyson Ushona.

Source : The Namibian