Namibia’s Olympics boxer, Jonas Junias says he is set to bounce into the Commonwealth games to be held in Australia in April to get back the shine of his lost glory.
Certainly the previous year and the year before have been a great ordeal for the pugilist who had to escape the gaping jaws of prison in Brazil which saw him hogging media lime-light for the wrong reasons.
But that seems to be in the past now and Jonas is going through the ropes in the coastal town of Swakopmund under the wings of Namibia’s prime-boxing stable, Nestor Sunshine.
He caught up with The Villager Sport this past week and said he was doing everything possible to ready his body, mind and soul for the upcoming epic fights abroad.
“I wanna go for my gold medal that I lost there. I put a lot of pressure on myself in order to prepare for these games and to get that gold medal. It won’t be easy,” he said in a telephonic conversation.
Jonas remains one of the stable’s promising golden-boy and the academy has not given up on him with a total of N$10 000 having been put towards his training, in preparation for the Commonwealth games.
“That’s just for the preparation. My training. I feel honored and I do really appreciate that. All the help coming from Mr. Nestor and MTC, I am very happy,” he said.
The boxer said he was in high spirits and that his preparations are on course.
“My preparation is going well, I am getting quite a lot of positive responses from the people who are trying to help with preparation and transportation. I am highly motivated. I will bring back gold medals. I am not just going to represent the country, I have to go and bring back gold medals and that's what I am working on,” he said.
Pressed on whether this opportunity presents itself to his advantage in his pursuit to re-structure his brand after the fiasco of Brazil, Jonas said he has nothing else to prove but roll up his sleeves and keep winning gold.
“I have already proven that last year at the All Africa Championships you know. For me its not really to try and prove to any one, it’s just to showcase what I have and what I can get. That’s basically it,” he said.
And will he be tracing Harry Simon’s foot-marks to Windhoek and brush shoulders with the Nestor Sunshine top-boxing brass ahead of the games?
“I wont be moving to Windhoek, in case something comes up but I always do my preparation back home,” said the athlete.
To the fans and the nation at large I would like to say just keep me in your prayers , I will keep on working hard.
Jonas says he has lost four international fights and has not lost any major national and regional fights.
“I will rather say I am a tactical boxer. I am not that much of a hard puncher but then I can pull one any given time,” he said.
A former Vrede Rede, Atlantic Junior and SI Gobs Secondary School student, Jonas won his silver at the Commonwealth games when he was just 20 and was the flag-bearer for Namibia during the Parade of Nations in Brazil in 2016.