Boxers commend fans for support

29 Jul 2014 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUL (NAMPA) – People apparently paid to see him lose, says boxer Immanuel ‘Prince’ Naidjala.
“I don’t blame them because this is the name of the game, but credit should be given to Smokey, who brought out the best in me on Saturday,” he said during a media conference here on Tuesday following his victory over compatriot Joseph ‘Smokey Joe’ Hilongwa in the capital last weekend.
Naidjala retained his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa bantamweight title on points, contrary to Hilongwa’s earlier statement that he would ‘discipline’ the champion.
Naidjala is from the Mobile Telecommunications’ Limited (MTC) Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy, while Hilongwa represented the Warriors’ Boxing Promotions’ stable.
Both boxers thanked their fans for the support.
Naidjala said his opponent is a great guy and good boxer, and losing to him does not mean Hilongwa is now a bad boxer.
“What happened is that it was just wrong timing, because he is not at the same level as me. I went into the ring and proved I was the better fighter, and he can admit to that.
In Namibia, we have stars, aspiring stars and super- stars. I don’t know where you will rate me, but Smokey brought out the best in me,” boasted Naidjala.
On his part, Hilongwa apologised to the Namibian nation and his fans for his ‘bad performance’ on Saturday.
“I don’t want to make excuses for losing the fight because I believe I could have done better than what I did, but I injured my ribs when I ducked down from his punch in the first round.
All in all, Prince proved he is a better boxer than me,” he said.
Hilongwa noted that he will get back into the ring in the near future, and requested his fans to continue supporting him.
Meanwhile, Nestor Tobias of the MTC Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy said during the media briefing that it will be very difficult for fans to see a rematch between the new WBO Africa lightweight title-holder Samuel Kapapu, who dethroned Martin Haikali, because the two boxers “cannot pull a crowd”.
However, if someone decides to put enough money on the table, then such a fight is possible, said Tobias.