29 Nov 2017 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV (NAMPA) Namibias World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Featherweight and WBO Africa Junior Lightweight champions - Sakaria Desert Storm Lucas and Jeremiah No Respect Nakathila - have promised fireworks when they meet their opponents in the ring on Saturday.
The two will defend their titles during the Mobile Telecommunications Limited/Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academys last tournament of 2017 titled Desert Storm in Action, at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort.
Lucas will headline the tournament when he faces Tello Dithebe from South Africa in a 12-round bout, while Nakathila will be taking part in the supporting bout as he faces Sibusiso Zingange, also from South Africa.
The boxers faced off at a local shopping centre in front of a sizeable crowd on Wednesday.
Speaking at the event, Nakathila said preparations had gone well.
I am ready for this and this is my time to shine. This will be an end of year fight, so we want to put up a good show and call upon everyone to support us, he said.
Zingange said he came to Namibia to fight, not for holiday, while promising fans a spectacular.
Nakathila has a record of 14 fights, 13 wins and one loss, while Zingange has a record of 13 fights, 11 wins, one draw and one loss.
Lucas warned Tello that nothing will stop him from achieving his dream of winning a world title.
One thing I know is I can fight. I can give it (punches) as much as I take it. Come fight night, I will add another loss to him (Tello), he said.
Dithebe said he understands his opponents dreams, but he was here to spoil the party for him.
I have a promise for you, I am going to pull out the red carpet under your feet, I am going to destroy you. I deserve to be a world champion, he declared confidently.
Lucas has a record of 20 fights (14 knock-outs) and 20 wins, while Dithebe has a record of 27 fights, 20 wins and seven losses.
Below is the boxing card for the evening (all Namibians unless stated otherwise)
1.Bantamweight (four rounds)
Andreas Mwenyo versus (v) Jamba Gabriel
1fight (f) 1 win (w) Pro Debut
2.Catchweight (four rounds) 55 kilogramme swinger
Filipus Nghitumbwa v Josef Mateus
3f 2w 1l 7f 3w 4l
3.Bantamweight (four rounds)
Andreas Amupolo v Frans Nanda
4f 1w 1l 2dPro Debut
4.Flyweight (four-round swinger)
Jacob Jacob v Ruben Kandimba
7f 6w 1l 1d1f 1w
5.Welterweight Four Rounds
Charles Shinima v Jason Mashala
3f 3w 6f 1w 4l 1d
6.Junior Middleweight (four rounds)
Max Ipinge v Hedison Nghipondoka
2f 1w 1l 2f 1w 1l
7.Featherweight six rounds (swinger)
Timoteus Shuulula v Niikoti Johannes
12f 11w 1l 8f 3w 3l 1d
8.Lightweight (four rounds)
Harry Simon Junior v Johannes Kutumba
3f 3w 11f 4w 7l
9.WBO Africa Junior Lightweight (12 rounds)
Jeremiah Nakathila v Sibusiso Zingange (RSA)
10.WBO Africa Featherweight (12 rounds)
Sakaria Lucas v Tello Dithebe (RSA)