Jarman, Mhlongo fight off

13 Dec 2016 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) - Antony Jarman’s fight against South Africa’s Nkululeko Mhlongo which was scheduled for this weekend has been called off, this time due to an injury sustained by the South African during a fight in October this year.
Speaking to Nampa via telephone on Tuesday, Kinda Nangolo of Kinda Promotions said they had received a doctor’s letter, which he emailed to various media houses. The doctor’s letter says the South African pugilist suffered a shoulder injury during the fight against France Ramabolu.
“Unfortunately we have had to cancel this fight as Mhlongo has not recovered from the injury. We could also not get a replacement as there is only a few days left before the fight date,” said Nangolo.
The two fighters were supposed to fight for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan African Super Welterweight belt over 12 rounds.
Nangolo suggested that once Mhlongo recovers, the fight may take place at the end of February.
“We are liaising with the WBA to see if we can reschedule the fight for the end of February. If he does not, then WBA will give us another boxer,” he added.
Super Welterweight boxer Jarman was supposed to fight Mhlongo on 18 November at Windhoek Country Club.
That fight failed to materialise as the Namibia Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NBWCB) refused to sanction the bouts, saying Kinda Promotions had failed to provide medical examinations of the boxers and pay the sanctioning fees on time.
Nangolo disputed this, saying the new board was practising favouritism when it comes to sanctioning fights.
On his never ending fights with the NBWCB, Nangolo said he still feels the current board will not take Namibian boxing anywhere as they focus more on fighting promoters rather than working with them.
“I feel the board is killing boxing. We will start taking our boxers outside the country because the board is not working with us. They need to understand how boxing works in Namibia first,” said an irate Nangolo.
He suggested that the board meets with all the stakeholders in an open and transparent manner so as to chart the way forward for the sport.