Independence Boxing Tournament a success: Samir

02 Apr 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 APR (NAMPA) – The MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy's 2017 Independence Boxing Bonanza under the theme ‘Defending Namibia’s Pride’ has been described as a success.
The event took place on Saturday at the Ramatex Complex and was described as a success by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Supervisor, Captain Samir from Ghana.
He told Nampa Sunday morning that everything went well and he is looking forward to his next visit to Namibia for more boxing tournaments.
“There were a few challenges obviously but those did not take the gloss away from the evening.”
He mentioned that one boxer failed a medical examination, meaning changes to the boxing card had to be made.
This, he said, did not affect the quality of boxing on the night as the replacement boxer proved his worth, despite being thrown in the deep end at the last minute.
He questioned the lights that kept going on and off during some of the bouts when Namibian boxers seemed to be under pressure, saying that seemed to be a pre-planned activity.
He also advised the promoters to make sure that the ring is not slippery in future bouts.
“The material used for the middle of the ring was slippery, meaning boxers kept falling at crucial times of the fight. They must change that material especially where the advertising is.”
He singled out the Acting Chief Administrator of the Namibia Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NBWCB), Edgar Modise saying his work ethic is of international standard.
“He was the main man, he did all that’s expected from a coordinator, I could not ask for more. They must not lose his services as he is valuable to the control board.”
On his part, Modise called on all involved in boxing to work harmoniously in the promotion the sport with the proper rules and regulations.
He said the tournament’s live broadcast on the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation’s television platform, made planning even more difficult as everything had to be done on time to avoid any delays.
Promoter Nestor Tobias also gave the event a thumbs-up, saying he was impressed with the quality of boxing that night.
He paid tribute to the fans, boxers and sponsors, and promised more boxing events.
The boxing bonanza was headlined by former World Boxing Association Lightweight Champion, Paulus “The Hitman” Moses, who defended his WBO Africa Title against substitute Chrispine Moliati from Malawi.