Smokey Primed for Return

Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa has a lot riding on his international bantamweight non-title fight against Argentina’s Raul Eliseo Medina in Windhoek on 5 July.

Hilongwa’s success is linked to the fortunes of his fledgling stable Warriors Promotions, in which he doubles up as co-promoter.

Founded in 2010, Warriors Promotions has struggled to consistently stage events due to, primarily, an inability to secure a substantial source of funds.

This has resulted in a number of its promising fighters going to sign up with more established rival stables.

However, Hilongwa intends to change all that by first and foremost defeating the experienced Medina in such a fashion that will attract potential investors, whom he hopes will buy into Warriors’ long-term project.

“It is obviously important that I must win my fight and that the rest of the fighters also put up a good show. This way we can get sponsors which will help with our development programmes,” said Hilongwa, who was last in action on 3 March 2013 when he defeated South African Sibusiso Twani by split decision to capture the vacant World Boxing Federation Intercontinental super flyweight title.

Development Initiative

Warriors Promotions are in the process of acquiring a portion of land, Erf 895 in Windhoek’s Goreangab informal settlement, on which they plan to erect a multi-purpose centre that will also double as their base.

They believe the centre will help generate funds for the stable, which will enable it to consistently stage more lucrative events.

Hilongwa said Warriors Promotions was committed to help take Namibian boxing to a high level in the country and beyond.

“The boxers need to fight in order to improve their records and at the same time we are planning to raise funds through hosting these fights,” said Hilongwa.

“We will use the money we have to host the fights and hope to generate more from the fights so that we can reach our target. That’s why we are calling on the nation to support us so that we can realise this objective,” he said.

Also on the card is an IBF Continental Africa super featherweight title contest between compatriot Abraham Ndaendapo and Herbert Quartey from Ghana.

Another of Warriors’ top fighters, Lukas ‘The Demolisher’ Ndafoluma is expected to take on Paulus Petrus Kapia in a junior middleweight bout, while Timoteus Shuulula will face Sebby Sheyange in a bantamweight fight, with Alfeus ‘The Viper’ Shilongo scheduled to fight Johannes Ndeshikeya in a middleweight bout.

The eight-fight card also features all-Namibian featherweight showdowns between Tommy Nakashimba against Matheus Kandala, David Shinuna versus Peter Phillipus and Elvin Kaunampito versus Isack Andyala.

Tickets are available at Coumputicket at ShopriteCheckers outlets and cost N$150 for regular seats, N$300 for ringside seats, while VIP tables for 10 people are priced at N$10 000.

Source : The Namibian