WINDHOEK, 22 MAY (NAMPA) ? Close to 20 Namibian amateur boxers will square up against their Angolan counterparts in Ongwediva this weekend.
This tournament will take place at Bennie?s Entertainment Park on Friday and Saturday.
The Namibia Boxing Federation (NBF) Secretary-General Joe Kaperu announced this during a media briefing here on Wednesday, saying the boxing federation is preparing Namibia?s amateur boxers for international competitions.
?We are preparing our boxers using Olympic-style boxing, which is internationally recognised,? he said.
Among the boxers who will be in action is 2008 and 2012 Olympian Mejandjae Kasuto will fight in the Light Heavyweight category (81kg).
Kaperu said several of the Namibian boxers in action this weekend are earmarked for the national team, and this tournament will benefit their skills in view of international competitions, such as the 2016 Olympic Games scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Kaperu said Namibian boxers will also travel to Botswana for the African Boxing Confederation (ABC) Zone 4 Elite Boxing Championships to be hosted by the Botswana Boxing Association from 09 to 16 June.
The championships will only accommodate boxers between 19 and 40 years old, while only coaches who are certified by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and boxing federations of their respective countries, will be allowed to coach boxers during the event.
Kaperu said that due to a lack of registered and accredited coaches, AIBA will provide training in coaching, instructing, as well as refereeing and judging on yet-to be announced dates and venues.
Meanwhile, Kaperu refuted allegations that amateur boxing in Namibia has reached a dead-end with much of its focus only on professional boxers, saying amateur boxing is still active with the purpose of producing more boxers for the country.
He also rejected rumours that there is no co-operation between the promoters of different boxing academies in the country, saying all promoters are working hard with the same objective of helping the nation, and this is done in unity.