08 Mar 2017 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) The MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy on Wednesday launched the 2017 Independence Boxing Bonanza under the theme Defending Namibias Pride.
The event is scheduled on 01 April at Ramatex Complex.
Namibia will on 21 March celebrate 27 years of independence.
At the launch in the capital, Nestor Tobias from the academy said the theme was motivated by the economic and social challenges in Namibia.
Our countrys independence is of sentimental value to our boxers, and that is why we will continue to celebrate Namibias independence through boxing, Tobias said.
The boxing bonanza will be headlined by former World Boxing Association Lightweight Champion, Paulus The Hitman Moses, who will be defending his World Boxing Organisation Africa Title against either Mfaume Mfaume from Tanzania or Mzonke The Rose of Khayelitsha Fana from South Africa.
Tobias called on the boxers to work hard and win titles so as to entice more sponsors into the sport, noting the sporting fraternity is reeling under tough economic conditions.
Government can only help to a certain extent, it is up to the boxers to make sure that MTC and other companies continue investing in the sports, he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer Tim Ekandjo said the mobile telecommunications company is aware of the financial issues facing Namibia that have affected boxing and other sporting codes.
The boxing bonanza will cost the academy and its sponsors N.dollars 1.6 million.
We used to deliver these boxing tournaments at a cost of N.dollars 500 000 but the cost has gone up, said Ekandjo.
Below is the fight card;
1)WBO Africa Lightweight Title 12 Rounds
Paulus Moses versus Mfaume Mfaume (Tanzania) or Mzonge Fana (South Africa)
2)WBO Africa Featherweight Title 12 Rounds
Sakaria Lukas versus Oscar Chauke (South Africa)
3)WBO Africa Middleweight Title 12 Rounds
Walter Kautondokwa versus Christopher Buthelezi (South Africa) or Med Sebyala (Uganda)
4)WBO Bantamweight Title 12 Rounds
Immanuel Naidjala versus Sibiniso Ngonya (R.S.A.)
5)International Welterweight 6 Rounds
Mike Shonena vs To-Be-Aannounced (TBA)
6)International Welterweight 6 Rounds
Benedistus Mendu Kaangudue vs TBA
Emmanuel Mungandjela vs TBA
8)International Super Lightweight 8 Rounds
Jeremiah Nakathila vs TBA
9) Super Bantamweight 4 Rounds
Andreas Amupolo vs TBA
10) Super Bantamweight 4 Rounds
Timoteus Shuulula versus TBA