Sunshine Academy appeals Nekundi head-butt decision

23 Oct 2017 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 OCT (NAMPA) – Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy has launched an appeal against the decision to stop a boxing match between Onesmus Nekundi and Kandy Imalwa on Saturday evening here.
The match which was part of the No Mercy Part Seven Boxing Bonanza was stopped in the seventh round by referee Ricky Tshabalala after Imalwa suffered a deep cut above his right eye, which the referee deemed to be the result of an “intentional head-butting incident”.
Imalwa became the new national featherweight champion, dethroning Nekundi following the judge’s decision.
The decision was disputed by Nekundi’s corner and a large section of the crowd during the announcement of the result.
In a media release availed to Nampa on Monday, the academy’s trainer and promoter, Nestor Tobias confirmed that they have submitted a formal appeal to the Namibian Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board.
“While we respect the decision of the referees, we also know that they are human and can make mistakes which was clearly the case in this incident.
“We have obtained and submitted video evidence that clearly shows Nekundi being the busy boxer and throwing punches while Imalwa comes forward with his head,” Tobias said, adding that Nekundi’s head was nowhere near Imalwa’s during the incident.
He further said in the unlikely event that the two heads clashed it could never be ruled as intentional on the part of both boxers.
“The evidence speaks for itself and we simply want justice to be restored by the Boxing Control Board and we have absolutely no hard feelings against the referee who we regard as an experienced and respected official,” he concluded.
Imalwa became the new national featherweight champion, dethroning Nekundi following the judge’s decision.
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