Hamunyela not turning professional soon

18 Oct 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia’s amateur light flyweight boxer, Mathias Hamunyela has set his sight on boxing with the International Boxing Association (AIBA) as of 2017.
Aiba is a sport organisation that sanctions amateur (Olympic-style) boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships. Eliminated from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Round of 32 against Zhakypov Birzhan of Kazakhstan in the 49 kilogramme (kg) category, Hamunyela told Nampa on Tuesday that he is not planning to turn professional any time soon.
“I just started boxing two years ago and I want to gain more experience as an amateur boxer, which will in turn help me when I turn professional.”
Hamunyela, who won his first fight at the Rio Olympic Games against Rufat Huseynov of Azerbaijan in three sets, said turning professional has not yet crossed his mind as he has a lot of unfinished business as an amateur boxer.
“My dream was to compete at the Olympics and I managed to do that but I still want to compete at the Commonwealth Games and then the World Championships, which will not be possible if I turn professional.
“I am now going to fight under Aiba when I register with them next year. I want to achieve my dream of competing at those events while at the same time gaining more experience from all those European and Arab boxers I will compete with.”
The 2015 All Africa Games (AAG) boxing silver medallist will be stepping in the ring again at the National Amateur Boxing Championships that will be held in Opuwo from 23 to 26 November 2016.