Boxing trainers and promoters should work together: Natangwe

02 Oct 2018 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) – Nicky Natangwe, an assistant coach for Paulus ‘El Jesus’ Ambunda, has called on the boxing community in Namibia to join hands and help each other in growing the sport.
He said this on Tuesday during a media conference held in the capital to welcome back Ambunda, who was crowned the new International Boxing Organisation (IBO) World Super Bantamweight champion on Saturday in Singapore.
Natangwe, who helps in training boxers at the AC Boxing Gym, expressed his happiness over Ambunda’s achievement in bringing the world title home, but said the time has come for all those involved in boxing to start working hand in hand.
“I am calling on boxers and trainers from other camps to work smart and bring titles home. If you are a promoter or a trainer, we need to work together so that we can build boxing in the country,” said Natangwe.
AC Boxing Gym owner and Ambunda’s head coach, Immanuel Moses echoed Natangwe’s sentiments, adding that Namibia is a very small nation and boxing is just a small part in this equation.
“When promoters, trainers and those who have the expertise don’t work together, then we are killing talent in the country.
“It’s a good thing to work together as a boxing family. The reason I opened a gym was to create competition which is good in developing the game of boxing,” Moses said.
He also said Namibia has the best boxers in Africa and they need to be groomed by all those who have the knowledge and know-how of boxing.
“We can only grow this talent by working together. At the moment a lot of boxing camps don’t want to work together because they are afraid or maybe hate each other as they are from different gyms, which is not good for all these young athletes wanting to be champions.”
The renowned boxing trainer stated that those looking after the boxers should learn to give the boxers exposure through interviews or allowing them to give motivational talks to young athletes at schools or wherever the opportunities present themselves, as that will help the boxers in communicating better and encouraging more young athletes to participate in sports.