Namibians must support their sporting heroes: Tobias

24 Oct 2018 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 OCT (NAMPA) – Boxing is a tough business and many Namibians do not understand it, hence their continued criticism of local pugilists when they lose fights, boxing promoter Nestor Tobias has said.
He was addressing the media following his arrival from the United States of America, where he had accompanied Walter Kautondokwa who fought against Demetrius Andrade for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Middleweight title last weekend.
Kautondokwa lost on a unanimous points decision.
Tobias said Namibians are good at discrediting their own when things do not go well.
“After reading comments from the fans, international fans appreciate Walter’s performance, while local comments were mostly discouraging. They discredited him, saying he is bad. Nevertheless, we did get some positive comments from Namibians,” he said.
He added that good or bad, the comments are appreciated by his camp.
Tobias noted that for the boxer to fight the way he did is good for Namibia, as some people did not know either Kautondokwa or the country.
“He put Namibia on the world map. They said they did not know him. He made a name for himself and for his country. Boxing websites are talking about Walter. He changed the world’s perception about Namibia in 36 minutes,” he stated.
The promoter further said his boxer won the heart of the world to an extent that even MatchRoom Promotions invited Kautondokwa to fight under their stable again.
Tobias added that he has also already received requests for his boxer to fight all over the world.
The experienced promoter then spoke out against requests from the Namibian public for local boxers to get coaches from outside the country to help them perform better.
“We have a lot of American coaches, for example, who have failed to produce a boxer of Kautondokwa’s level. Our academy has produced world champions before and will continue to produce even more.”
He said it is expensive to bring a coach from outside as their salary, flight tickets, accommodation and food have to be paid.
“If we take our boxers to America, we have to do the same and even pay training fees over there. With the resources we have we cannot afford to do that. All we do is learn from them every time.”