After a night of falling punches which saw Namibia’s boxers inﬂ icting a crunching defeat on their foreign rivals, prominent boxing promoter Nestor Tobias lamented that the many champs coming out in glory at Ramatex were faced with the sobering reality of dwindling funds.
Dubbed, “Defending Namibia’s pride” the Independence Boxing Bonanza at Ramatex turned out to be a night of falling ﬁ sts and the rise and fall of glory in the theatre of dreams yet these dreams face a painful uncertainty.
“When I started promoting world class boxers, we did not have a lot of champions and the budget was good, but now we have a lot of champions and they take all the money. They take all the money because they have to be sanctioned by the International World Boxing Organisation. All the money goes there and it is not easy anymore, we need more funds to maintain the standards,” said Tobias Namibia’s junior boxers gave quite a sterling performance last week yet Namibia is faced with the challenge of what to do with this world-class talent under the current economic conditions.
“Most of these boxers have no one to ﬁ ght anymore here in Namibia so we have to ﬂ y guys in, and sometimes we have to go overseas. All in all, boxing is on a higher level now, we have to maintain it, I am scared it’s not going to die a natural death if we fail to get funds,” he said. The ﬂ ying in and out is fast eating into the pockets of boxing promoters, and Tobias said, “I think I have to use my mind to ﬁ nd out how best I can get more funding.”
While MTC is the major sponsor at the moment, the possibilities of it going it alone are not that solid and the need to rope in more sponsors is the nightmare that will decide the future of Namibia’s pool of talent. Andreas “A1” Amupolo weighing 53.05 Kg came out hard on Jafet Amukwaya, defeating him in the second round of the ﬁ ght within a mere 37 seconds at Ramatex
. Timoteus “Remember” Shuula left something to remember for his Zimbabwean rival Tinashe Mutodza inﬂ icting another dusty defeat that lit up Ramatex into an uproar of cheers as hundreds of fans ﬂ ocked to witness the pride of Namibia set in the ring of blood and sweat. The Malawian Charles Misanjo was shown the way back home licking his wounds by another astonishing display of brilliant boxing from Namibia’s Mike Shonena in a six round international welterweight ﬁght.
The Ugandan Med Sebyala could not stand the heat despite a good show of bravado, Walter Kautondoka executed him in Round 10 within 2 minutes 40 seconds and it was game over. The WBO International Bantamweight Title ﬁ ght became a nightmare for Namibian fans as Immanuel “Prince” Naindjala’s complacency did not pay off.
South Africa’s Siboniso Ngonya came out furious, having seen many foreign ﬁ ghters knocked out of their breath by the Namibian henchmen, his ﬁ sts were precise, and enough to reduce the “Prince” into butchered meat. Yet according to Tobias he remains Namibia’s pride while he will have enough time to reﬂ ect, train and bounce back in the ring with a clear mind.
The Hitman, Paulus Moses remains Namibia’s uncontestable marvel, the future of boxing equally hangs on his shoulders and the brutal beauty he demonstrates of the sport should surely be augured well by a sustainable pool of funding, Tobias acquiesces. “I am ranking number four in the world, my ranking is going up, maybe I will be number two or number one,” said Moses soon after his astonishing exploits. His perfect foot-work and great stamina unleashed havoc against the Malawian 62.50 kg Chrispine Moliati whom he ﬂ oored down in the last round. Humbled by defeat, the Malawian said he would seek a rematch, “The ﬁght was good. Next time I will train for him, I am looking for a match; trust me, next time I will win the ﬁ ght. He was training for his belt; I was training for another guy. Net time I will take that WBO.”
The Desert Storm Sackaria Lukas did not disappoint either albeit he seemed uneasy on his balance, almost falling; often times leaving his head open to South Africa’s determined Oscar Chauke whose blows came out hard and true. Round 8 was seriously not his, however a number of uppercuts and clean direct punches from Lukas brought the magic Namibia needed and he came out a winner by unanimous decision.
It turned out to be one of the most grueling ﬁ ghts and by the time the match was over, the opponents with great respect for each other got caught up in an emotional moment of a brotherly hug. Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) member Philip Mwandingi said, “The future is indeed bright for the boxers despite challenges here and there.