28 Jun 2017 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUN (NAMPA) World Boxing Federation (WBF) welterweight champion Bethuel Tyson Ushona said he is in the best shape of his life ahead of his title defence against Roman Belaev of Russia Saturday evening.
He is fighting under the Salute Boxing Academy that will be hosting its second boxing bonanza of the year.
The event will be called Defending My National Pride and will be held at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek.
Speaking during a face-off event in the capital on Wednesday, Ushona told his opponent on fight night it will be business as usual and nothing personal.
I am going to rise to the occasion when I step into the ring because I am currently in the best shape of my life, and credit should be given to my coaching staff that did everything possible to prepare me for this fight, he said.
He added that besides experience and being on top of his game at the moment, his talent will play a major role.
Belaev said through an interpreter, he will not speak a lot outside the ring because all his talking will be done when they meet on Saturday.
Three other title fights will feature on the night: an International Boxing Organisation (IBO) All Africa title fight and two national title fights in the junior middleweight and junior lightweight categories.
Ushona won the WBF World Welterweight title in December last year after defeating Polands Rafal Jackiewicz in Windhoek.
Lucas Ndafoluma will for the first time fight for the IBO All Africa Middleweight title against Barend van Rooyen of South Africa.
Other boxers anticipated to fight on the night include Japhet Masterio Amukwa, Joseph Smokey Hilongwa, Immanuel Joseph, Nathaniel Iron Fist Sebastian, Johannes Niingoti, Vakufilapo Cowboy Nashivela, Simeon Shafodino, David Opuwo Flash Shinuna and Immanuel Engel Andeleki.
The gates will open at 17h00 and tickets are N.dollars 100 for ordinary seats and N.dollars 300 for VIP seating, while a table for 10 people goes for N.dollars 20 000.