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Nakathila to headline Desert Rumble III

by Kelvin Chiringa

Namibia’s rising boxing sensation, Jeremiah “Low Key” Nakathila will headline the upcoming boxing bout dubbed Desert Rumble III which is set to roar to life in the coastal town of Swakopmund on the 3rd of August at the Dome. 

The World Boxing Organisation’s number five will face off with Malawian Crispin Moliati who comes to Namibia with a record of 34 fights, 22 wins and 8 losses while, Nakathila’s record boasts 16 fights, 15 wins and a loss and speaking to the media at the launch of the bout, he said all was systems on the go in his camp. 

"This single loss came as the result of a points decision in Russia. Nakathila will defend his WBO Africa belt against Crispin Moliati from Malawi, a victory here will position him well within the WBO rankings and another opportunity to challenge for higher honors,” said promoter Nestor Tobias. 

Nakathila also said, “I am honored; I feel happy to be the main bout of this year. I am ready and every fight is big for me. I am waiting for him to arrive to make this happen and when in the main bout people have nothing else to watch but me.” 

Tobias said the bout will be broadcast live across Africa by Kwese TV and due to limited airtime, only five fights will be witnessed which features upcoming lanky fighter, Harry Simon Jnr who will be facing Lukas Handivele. 

Nakathila is on a race to land the vacant junior WBO title while for the event VIP tickets are going for N$350 with N$100 for general fans.

Other fighters who make up the bout are Sakaria Nikodemus vs Fillemon Nghutenyane (Junior Bantamweight 4 rounds), Jimmy Mabundji from DRC vs Lukas Ndafoluma (WBF Africa Middleweight 12 rounds) and Abraham Ndaendapo vs Bilindo Eseko from DRC (wbf Africa junior lightweight 12 rounds).

Said Ndafoluma, “We are prepared and we will not leave any stone unturned and demonstrate true classic fighting. Boxing is what I can do best. I have been under-rated for a long time. This is my time and my time is to shine, nobody can stop it.”

This time, the sunshine boxing Academy has teamed up with Kalakoda Boxing Promotions in making the bout successful.

“It is both a privilege and an honor to collaborate with the Dome on this event, we have built a strong partnership with them staging two events at this world class facility last year. This has laid the foundation to position Swakopmund and the Dome as a new center of boxing for Namibia and indeed the continent,” Jeremy Bean of Kalakoda Promotions.