Warriors Promotions Entertain Outjo

Warriors Promotions staged a relatively successful boxing bonanza at the Etosha Poort Stadium in Outjo on Saturday.

According to Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa, co-promoter of the boxing establishment, residents of the town came out in large numbers to witness the first ever professional boxing event to be hosted in their town.

“The turnout was great. The people of Outjo enjoyed the event because the boxers put on a great show. You could see that they [supporters] were very happy to witness such an event,” Hilongwa told The Namibian Sport.

“We agreed with the council that this will become an annual event. This is a platform to help us develop our boxers. So that is one more benefit of having gone to Outjo,” he added.

The event was however not without its hiccups, as the main bout failed to materialise due to the no-show by Lukas ‘The Demolisher’ Ndafoluma’s opponent Sherif Kasongo from the Democratic Republic of Congo who was allegedly denied entry into Namibia due to “the Ebola situation” in his country.

That explanation is however not satisfactory to the fans, given that Namibia does not have travelling restrictions in place, least of all against people from the DRC where 31 new cases of the deadly virus were reported between 2 and 9 September.

Moreover, Kasongo is based in Zambia, an Ebola-free country. Ironically two Zambian boxers Chimanga Tshitundu and Bernard Mwango also failed to pitch for their fights against Alfeus ‘The Viper’ Shilongo and Timoteus ‘Remember Shuulula.

Instead, it was left to super bantamweight debutant Jonas Matheus to amplify the event, and the youngster lived up to his camp’s expectations as he dominated Sebby Sheuyange to win the main contest by unanimous decision.

“I think he’s a future Namibian champion,” said Hilongwa, himself a former national and continental champion.

“If we can just get the funds to keep him active we can see him achieve his goals. It was his first pro fight and he fought six rounds but it did not affect him. He has everything needed to be successful. He just needs support,” Hilongwa said.

In other results, Shuulula defeated Imms Joseph by majority decision in another super bantamweight duel junior middleweight Shilongo beat debutant Simon Kalola by unanimous decision Amos ‘Heavy Duty’ Enkala lost to Edmund Dominikus by unanimous decision in a featherweight fight David Shinuna and Natanael Kakololo’s super featherweight clash ended in a majority draw and David Iita lost to Naeman Amagola by unanimous decision in a flyweight contest.

The bonanza was made possible with the support of the Outjo Municipality, Nexus Group, Corridor Logistics and OK Foods.

“It was not easy to organise but we pulled it off. We put our resources together from the promotions side and obviously we would not have done it without the support of our sponsors,” said Hilongwa.

Source : The Namibian