28 Feb 2019 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA) Preparations for the first-ever Kavango professional boxing tournament themed The Kavango River Fray are at an advanced stage, with the MTC Salute Boxing Academy (SBA) announcing the 12 bouts scheduled for 30 March 2019.
Speaking at a media conference in Windhoek on Thursday, SBA Chairperson Kiriata Kamanya said contrary to recent media reports suggesting that the tournament will be cancelled, everything was progressing well.
I have been in constant contact with the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board regarding the tournament and I can assure you that we are going ahead, he said.
Meanwhile SBA General Manager Armas Shivute said there will be two titles up for grabs on the day, namely the National Super Featherweight title and the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Super Bantamweight Title.
Preparations are going very well and we just applaud Kavango East Governor Samuel Mbambo for putting his whole weight behind the activity. We will also have boxers from the two Kavango regions making their pro debuts on their home ground, he explained.
Shivute added that they have planned to have amateur boxing as part of their development, as this is a huge part of SBA.
He said the amateur tournament will take place from 12h00 until 16h00 before the professional bouts start at 18h00 at the Rundu Trade Fair Hall.
We have lined up an exciting programme with musicians such as Sunny Boy, TBK, The House Guru Gang, Zondi, Nyemba Boss and other upcoming artists in the region, he said.
The main attraction on the night will be IBO Bantamweight International Champion Jonas Mateus, defending the title he won in South Africa by beating Makazole Tete on points.
He will face Nasibu Ramadhan of Tanzania.
Mateus has an impressive record of 14 fights, 11 wins, one loss and one draw, while his opponent Ramadhan has a record of 35 fights, 27 wins, 12 losses and one draw.
Ramadhan has fought in Namibia before against Immanuel Naidjala and Paulus Ambunda, losing on points in both fights.
Other fights to look forward to include the four-round heavyweight bout between Rundu native Kasera Sirongo and Johannes Nekongo, who will make their pro debuts on the night.
This will be the first boxing tournament for SBA under the MTC sponsorship package of N.dollars 1.6 million annually.
Tickets for the event will go on sale as from Monday at Webtickets.