26 Jun 2017 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUN (NAMPA) Namibian boxing trainer, Immanuel Ndapewa Paulus has been appointed by the Indian Professional Boxing Association (IPBA) as its Global Matchmaker for the countrys Pro-Boxing League with effect from 20 June.
In a letter seen by Nampa and signed by the President of IPBA Shahe Ali, Paulus who is also known as the 'African Connector', was informed that his experience and insight is the perfect combination to promote and develop an ecosystem of the sport in India and globally.
The appointment is for one year, and will be on renewable terms.
It involves remuneration on our mutually agreed terms and conditions, reads the letter.
Speaking to Nampa via telephone on Monday, Paulus said this means a lot to him as it shows that Namibian boxing is recognised worldwide.
The appointment did not come out of the blue; it means somehow I am doing something good and someone is watching me, he said, adding the IPBA is a new association and for him to be involved at its inception means a lot.
The IPBA was founded in 2015.
Paulus said he was recommended to the IPBA by current World Boxing Organisation (WBO) President, Francisco Paco together with other well-known boxing personalities including WBO International President for Pacific Asia Leon Panoncillo and Danny Lee, an executive member of WBO from Australia.
Paulus said discipline, hard work and dedication has landed him the opportunity to assist Namibian boxers in expanding their careers.
He said India is planning on launching a boxing league that will feature more than 30 boxers worldwide.
This will be a good opportunity for Namibian and African boxers to display their skills at a higher level.
Locally, Paulus has worked with the Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias Boxing Academy and was responsible for Abraham Energy Ndaendapos fight against Russias Roman Andreev in Moscow, Russia in March.
Andreev will fight Patrick Malinga from South Africa in July in Moscow; I did the matchmaking as well, he added.
A matchmaker in boxing is the person who arranges a match and pairs contenders.
Matchmakers work with fight promoters.