07 Mar 2019 17:30pm
RUNDU, 07 MAR (NAMPA) Salute Boxing Academy and Patrick Kashera (PK) Boxing and Fitness Academy from the Kavango East Region on Thursday signed a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding to develop the sport in the region.
The agreement was signed during the launch of the first-ever boxing tournament billed to take place here on 30 March 2019.
MTC Salute Boxing Academy general manager, Armas Shivute, said under the agreement, they will assist PK Academy by amongst others helping them to groom prospective boxers from the region.
He said Salute will also be responsible for ensuring that professional boxers from PK Academy are exposed to fights on the local and international scene when their boxers are ready and rated since most of them are amateur boxers.
SBA will also have a responsibility to assist PK Academy boxers with professional fights for them to improve their professional rankings and will support the Rundu-based stable with gym equipment, Shivute said.
Ultimately, the agreement should enable boxers in Kavango East and West to pursue boxing as a career, he added.
The MoU also aims to ensure that training and coaching resources for community-based competitors are developed and delivered and that high performance boxers have access to locally developed and delivered training and coaching resources.
The agreement was signed by Salute Boxing Academy executive chairperson Kiriata Kamanya and founder of PK Boxing and Fitness Academy, Patrick Kashera on behalf of the two stables.
Kashera said he is grateful that an agreement was signed by the two stables as this will present opportunities for boxers in the region to be mentored and polished by professionals.
This will offer us an opportunity to produce champions in the Kavango East Region, he said.
The tournament titled; The Kavango River Fray will feature Jonas Matheus, who will defend his International Boxing Organisation (IBO) International Bantamweight title against Nasibu Ramadhan from Tanzania.