Will Salute Academy change anything?
A new boxing academy joins the fray, namely Salute Boxing Academy, and while I congratulate them on making this bold step, one has to question the quality of such a decision if one considers the timing.
It is interesting that while the sunrays yet creep upon the dawn of a new boxing academy’s path, a giant in the game has its hands out, asking for money to host its biggest bout in a while.
The MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing Academy is still trying to gather the needed funds to stage Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambuda’s fight.
I cannot berate someone for chasing their passion, and Kriata Kamanya, the executive chairman of Salute Boxing Academy, certainly seems like he has the heart of a boxing lover. But he is not the only one.
According to the Namibia Boxing and Wrestling Control Board, they have over 30 registered academies, but only a few are active.
Aside from Kinda Promotions and the aforementioned Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy, not many others are active, or even host any bouts.
So, why should we expect anything different here?
We can celebrate a new academy forming, it may build hope for a teenager in Katutura with boxing as his only ambition.
But to be realistic, what’s to make us think that in a few years, they won’t also be holding their hands out and asking for money from the public to pull off a fight?
We also know about the financial plight of sport in the country, which is a story for another day.
The people over at Salute are very happy to have officially gotten off the ground, as anyone should be, but they have their work cut out for them to make any kind of splash on the boxing scene.
If they are truly in it for the long haul, then it would be interesting to see another boxing academy give Nestor Sunshine Academy, who has held a monopoly over the scene for a while now, a run for their money.
Perhaps that competition is just what the boxing industry needs to elevate the sport locally. We have had a few glimpses, but the search for the new Harry Simon is proving difficult.
But I am getting ahead of myself, because until that happens, then they are not better off than the 30 other candidates who are merely academies by name.
Kudos to them if they can prove the doubters wrong.
by Andreas Kathindi