Tobias optimistic about Naindja’s return to WBO top 10 ranking

WINDHOEK: The Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy chairperson Nestor Tobias is optimistic that Immanuel ‘The Prince’ Naidjala will go back to the top ten world Boxing Organisation’s ranking (WBO).

Naidjala was last ranked fourth in the WBO top ten ranking but was knocked out when he lost his Bantamweight title to the Japanese Tomoki Kameda last year.

“We encourage this guy to work hard, and we will work hard so that he can get back to the top ten,” he said.

Naidjala won a WBO Africa Bantamweight title here on Saturday after knocking Out (KO)t the Tanzanian boxer Juma Fundi in the fifth round.

Naidjala told members of the media after being crowed off as the champion that the fight was like a sparring game for him.

On his part, Naidjala’s opponent stated that he is not disturbed by the Namibian boxer’s dancing, stating that he will take a break to ease his muscle than go back to the gym.

The 12 round bout was the main bout of the Independence International Boxing Bonanza by the Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy at the Windhoek Country club Resort and Casino (WCCRC).

The fight improved Naidjala’s boxing record to 20 fights, 18 wins, one draw and one lost, while Fundi has now a record of 37 fights, 24 wins and 11 lost.

In the supporting bout, Amberk Shindjuu knocked out Alex Kasengele of Zambia in the one minute and 32 second into the first round in the flyweight, while Samuel Kapapu also knocked out Darius Lupupa of Zambia in the first round of the Junior Lightweight.

In undercards bouts, Erikan Mpadhi won in a Unanimous decision to Jacob Jacob in the flyweight, Isaack Anyala won by majority decision in the Super Bantamweight to Onesmus Nekundi, Eriki Kalenga lost to Nataneal Sebastian by a Unanimous decision also in the Flyweight under card.

In the welterweight under card Steven Shimbonde won by a Unanimous decision to Theoplus Vatileni, Walter Kuutondokwa won by a Technical Knockout in the first round against Moses Kamera from Botswana and Nathanael Kamati won against Thato Monabana of Botswana.

(edited)WINDHOEK: Local boxing coach and promoter Nestor Tobias is optimistic that his boxer Immanuel ‘The Prince’ Naidjala will return to the top 10 ranking of the World Boxing Organisation (WBO).

Naidjala lost his fourth place on the WBO top 10 ranking when he lost the WBO Bantamweight fight against Japan’s Tomoki Kameda last year.

He subsequently had to relinquish the continental title.

“We encourage this guy to work hard, and we will work hard so that he can get back to the top 10,” said Tobias on Saturday after Naidjala reclaimed the WBO Africa Bantamweight title here on Saturday.

He defeated Tanzanian boxer Juma Fundi in the fifth round of their 12-round bout.

Naidjala told members of the media after his victory that the fight was like sparring to him.

On his part, Fundi said he is not disturbed by the Namibian boxer’s ‘dancing’, stating that he will take a break to ease his muscles and then get back in the gym.

The fight was the main bout of the Independence International Boxing Bonanza by the Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino (WCCRC).

The fight improved Naidjala’s boxing record to 20 fights – 18 wins, one draw and one loss – while Fundi now has a record of 37 fights – 24 wins, two draws and 11 losses.

The results of the supporting bouts are:

Amberk Shindjuu beat Alex Kasengele from Zambia in one minute and 32 seconds of the first round in the flyweight category;

Samuel Kapapu beat Darius Lupupa of Zambia in the first round of the Junior Lightweight category;

Jacob Jacob beat Erikan Mpadhi in the flyweight category;

Isaack Anyala beat Onesmus Nekundi in the super bantamweight category;

Nataneal Sebastian beat Eriki Kalenga in the featherweight category;

Steven Shimbonde beat Theoplus Vatileni in the welterweight category;

Walter Kuutondokwa beat Moses Kamera from Botswana in the middleweight category;

Nathanael Kamati beat Thato Monabana of Botswana in the super bantamweight category.

SOURCE: NAMPA