Amateur boxers at Otjiwarongo training hard

09 May 2017 09:40am
OTJIWARONGO, 09 MAY (NAMPA) - Amateur boxers at Otjiwarongo are training hard in preparation for the MTC Sunshine Regional Cup this weekend.
The event is set to take place at the Swanevelder Hall at Orwetoveni in Otjiwarongo from Thursday until Saturday.
About 12 amateur boxers at the Otjiwarongo Amateur Boxing Academy have been training hard for the past two months for this event.
Sixteen-year-old Wellem Williams said he cannot wait for Thursday.
“I am a talented boxer; I want to showcase my talent,” he said.
Otja Tjihero, 23, who has been boxing since 2013, said he is an experienced fighter, and for him experience is the most important tool in boxing.
Another Otjiwarongo boxer, Jeremiah Vaino, 32, said he will deal with any boxer that comes his way at the tournament.
Vaino wants to take his boxing to a professional level.
Chairperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Boxing Federation, Onesmus Kalipi told Nampa on Monday the 10 best amateur boxers from each region and individual boxing clubs, such as the Namibian Defence Force and Namibian Police Force, will exchange blows at the event.
The tournament is aimed at creating a platform and opportunity for emerging boxers to be identified and selected to join bigger clubs and become professional boxers.
“The amateur boxers need to grow their careers and this is their opportunity to come and showcase their talent,” he said.
The tournament has been staged in Windhoek for the past four years as part of the Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy sponsored by mobile phone service provider, MTC.
The top boxers will receive gold, silver, and bronze medals.
Entrance is free.
The Otjiwarongo Amateur Boxing Academy acquired a hall at the Paresis Sports Stadium from the town’s municipality last month.
The academy started formal boxing activities in March 2016 and had been training its boxers in the open parking area of the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service at Otjiwarongo.