Sekotswe pulls out of rematch against Prince

25 Jun 2013 09:30
WINDHOEK, 25 JUN (NAMPA) - The rematch between Namibia?s Immanuel ?Prince? Naindjala and Leslie Sekotswe from Botswana has been called off after Sekotswe pulled out of the fight.
The two boxers were supposed to lock horns again on 05 July here after their fight on 20 March for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) International Bantamweight title ended in a stalemate.
In a media statement issued here on Tuesday, Nestor Tobias, the chairman of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy, said Sekotswe pulled out for reasons only known to him.
?We had an agreement with Leslie for the rematch and we even went to Gaborone to promote the fight there. We were, therefore, surprised by his decision to decide not to fight,? said Tobias.
According to him, the Botswana pugilist has tried on several occasions to ?hide behind unclear excuses?.
?The initial excuse from Sekotswe was that he suffered an injury that could not allow him to fight, but the injury excuse was ruled out following a medical check-up which ended in a doctor declaring him fit for a rematch,? said Tobias.
Sekotswe even demanded for an increase in the ?purse? money, which the MTC Nestor Sunshine agreed to, but soon after the dreadlocked fighter asked for another postponement.
That was the last excuse which saw the much-awaited rematch coming to an end, said Tobias.
?That is when we knew he was playing games with us. He obviously got cold feet as Prince is well prepared and ready to knock him out,? he said.
According to Tobias, Sekotswe?s manager, Bond Ngubula reminded his boxer that he is obligated to make the fight happen, but that too proved futile.
Nestor said the Naindjala camp is obviously disappointed by Sekotswe?s unprofessional behaviour, adding that they cannot force him to honour his obligations.
However, the fight, which is scheduled to be a platform dedicated to stop violence against women and children, will go on.
Tobias said Naindjala will still fight on the night, this time against a much-tougher opponent in the form of 24-year-old Norfat Emilio from Kenya.
The fighters will contest for the vacant IBF International Bantamweight title.
Emilio has an impressive boxing record of 24 fights - 21 wins, of which 17 were by way of knockout, and three loses, while Naindjala, the current World Boxing Organisation (WBO) African Bantamweight champion, holds a record of 16 undefeated fights.
That match will also be a rematch as the two boxers last fought on 08 June 2012 here with the Namibian coming out triumphant on a split point decision.
Tobias said the last fight between the two boxers was very close and had to be decided on points, and it will therefore be a spectacular showdown as the two boxers look forward to declare who really is the better boxer.
?Emilio is a very experienced boxer and a much tougher opponent than Leslie who only has 12 fights with 10 wins and 2 draws. Prince is in great shape and looks forward to knocking out Emilio this time around,? said Tobias.
The academy will donate 10 per cent of the tickets sales as well as 50 per cent of all proceedings from auctions to the Namibia Women?s Association (NAWA).
Items to be auctioned include Paulus Ambunda?s gloves which he used when he defeated Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand on points for the WBO Bantamweight World title in the capital in March this year.
Tickets are available at Computicket countrywide. VIP tables are available for N.dollars 10 000 and standard tickets for N.dollars 200 each.
(NAMPA)
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