13 May 2017 13:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 13 MAY (NAMPA) - The preliminary fights for amateur boxers under the MTC Sunshine Regional Cup started Friday afternoon at Otjiwarongo.
The two-day event at the Swanevelder Hall in Orwetoveni features 102 boxers from Erongo, Oshana, Omusati, Khomas, Otjozondjupa, //Karas and Kavango East regions.
Amateur boxers training under the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) are also participating in the event.
Chairperson of the Oshana Boxing Federation, Joshua Toivo told Nampa on Friday after the exchange of blows begun that the event was properly organised.
We had a total of 47 fights under different boxing weight categories ranging between 49 and 91 kilogrammes.
Toivo said the fights were preliminary, to allow the organising committee to select finalists who will exchange punches Saturday evening.
He said all fights were scheduled to run for two minutes of three rounds each.
Several boxing lovers at the event on Friday expressed satisfaction with the quality of boxing in Namibia and the general fitness of the amateur boxers.
Spectator Memory Manasse told Nampa all boxers were prepared well by their clubs.
They were all winners as all fights were impressive and unfortunately, only one of them in each fight had to win and proceed to the finals.
Another enthusiast, Eddy Kgobetsi said the boxers had demonstrated confidence and quality boxing skills.
Chairperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Boxing Federation, Onesmus Kalipi said the event provides a platform that is aimed at promoting boxing at the amateur level and grow boxing careers.
The top boxers at the event will receive gold, silver, and bronze medals.
This tournament was 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.