Prince Naidjala to ‘punish’ Juma Fundi

WINDHOEK: Local boxing sensation Immanuel “Prince” Naidjala has promised to ‘punish’ his Tanzanian opponent when they clash on Saturday at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort.

Naidjala will take on Juma Fundi for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Bantamweight title.

The Namibian was supposed to fight Francis Miyeyusho, also from Tanzania, for the same belt on 20 March this year, but lack of a suitable venue saw the fight being postponed.

Miyeyusho, in the meantime, failed the medical test, hence the new opponent, said Naidjala’s coach and promoter Nestor Tobias at a media briefing here on Wednesday.

Naidjala lost out on the WBO Bantamweight title when he was defeated by Japanese boxer Tomoki Kameda late last year, and subsequently had to relinquish the continental title.

Kameda won the belt from another Namibian boxer Paulus Ambunda in August last year.

On his part, Naidjala said his main aim is his boxing rating right now.

“Juma Fundi should expect punishment for the first six rounds, and if he repels after six rounds I’ll punish him more,” he said confidently.

Tobias, who is also the chairman of the MTC/Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy, said his academy is the best in the country.

“We are always trying to get kids off the street by encouraging them to partake in sports,” he said.

Several undercard fights are scheduled on the night, and will include the likes of local boxers Abmerk Shindjuu and Samuel Kapapu .