All roads lead to Omusati Region for boxing bonanza

WINDHOEK: The Omusati Region can expect a night of top boxing on 01 March this year when a boxing bonanza is hosted at the Olufuko Centre in Outapi.

The boxing bonanza is being hosted by the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy.

Speaking at a media briefing in the capital on Wednesday, the Omusati Region’s Governor Sophia Shaningwa thanked the academy for hosting the bonanza in her region, saying Omusati is ready to host the event.

She called on all national leaders to come out and support the boxing bonanza.

Shaningwa also called on business people across the country and especially those in Outapi to help ensure that everyone who visits the region for the event is well taken care of.

“I know we were badly affected by the drought, but in my tradition we must always provide food to our visitors so we must make sure that they have some barbeque meat to chew on and something to drink,” she said.

She noted that it is the first time an event of this kind is held in her region, and she called upon the nation to come out and support the boxers.

“We must all make sure that Namibia does not lose titles, and we can only do that if we show our boxers some support,” Shaningwa said.

Shaningwa said besides the money sponsored by Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) as the academy’s main sponsors, the Omusati Region has been given the responsibility of raising N.dollars 1 million towards the event.

An amount of N.dollars 700 000 has already been made available for the boxing bonanza, which requires N.dollars 1,7 million.

The main bout of the night will see Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses defend his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Lightweight title against Argentinian opponent Cristian Rafael Coria.

Moses holds a record of 34 fights – 32 wins and two losses, while Coria has 23 fights under his belt – 21 wins, one loss and one draw.

On his part, ‘The Hitman’ gave his assurance that he will put up a good fight on the evening.

“I thank my Inspector-General for giving me time to train for this fight for the whole of February. I will just be in the gym preparing for the fight and I know I will make all Namibians happy,” he said.

Amongst other fights on the night, Martin Haikali will defend his WBO Africa Lightweight title against his Congolese opponent Tekesha Ilunga, while Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo will defend his WBO Africa Junior Welterweight title against Zambian opponent Joel Mwelwa.