Prince and Smokey to contest WBO Africa bantamweight belt

09 Jul 2014 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibian pugilist Joseph ‘Smokey Joe’ Hilongwa will challenge countryman Immanuel ‘The Prince’ Naindjala for his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa bantamweight title here on 26 July.
This bout will take place under the theme ‘No Mercy, Part Three’ at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort.
Naindjala is fighting under the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC)/Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy stable, and Hilongwa under the Warriors’ Promotions Boxing Academy.
The fight was made public during a media conference here on Tuesday.
Naindjala won the vacant WBO Africa bantamweight title here in April this year when he defeated Tanzanian opponent Juma Fundi by a technical knockout (TKO) in the fifth round.
Hilongwa will fight in this category for the first time.
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 in Windhoek.
Hilongwa was supposed to fight Raul Eliseo Medina of Argentina here last Saturday, but the Argentinean could not travel to Namibia because he took his compulsory yellow fever injection too late.
In other fights on the night, Lukas ‘Desert Storm’ Sakaria will take on Tommy ‘Show Man’ Nakashimba for the national featherweight belt currently held by Nakashimba, while Martin 'Black Poison' Haikali and Thompson Mokwana from South Africa will square off for the WBO Africa lightweight title currently held by Haikali.
Also on the bill: Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo vs Takudzwa Kuchocha from Zimbabwe for the WBO Africa Junior welterweight title held by Indongo; Abmerk Shindjuu against Japhet Uutoni for the WBO Africa flyweight title held by Shindjuu.
Tickets for the fight are available at N.dollars 200 for a general entry pass, and N.dollars 10 000 for a table seating 10 people.