Smokey still waiting to step back into the ring

06 Jul 2014 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibian boxer Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa has to wait a bit longer to step back into the ring after his Argentinian opponent did not make it to Namibia for their scheduled non-title fight on Saturday.
Raul Eliseo Medina of Argentina could not travel to Namibia, because he took his compulsory yellow fever injection too late.
Hilongwa was anticipated to make his debut in the Bantamweight category, a heavier weight category than his previous Super-flyweight classification.
The Namibian told Nampa on Saturday his stable, Warriors’ Promotion, could only manage to book Medina’s flight to Namibia on Wednesday.
“That was also the time he (Medina) took his yellow fever injection, and in their country, you cannot travel out of the country if that injection has not been in your body for more than six days,” said Hilongwa.
He said the fight will be rescheduled to take place within the next three months.
“We now have the money, and the flight tickets were not used. Now all we have to do is just look for a venue, find undercard fighters and set a specific date when our fight will take place,” said Hilongwa.
His last fight was in April last year when he defeated South Africa’s Sibusiso ‘The Brave Heart’ Twani on points to win the World Boxing Federation (WBF)’s International Super-Flyweight title at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort.