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Boxers must now be professionals: Kaperu

by John Tuerijama



Following Namibia’s dismal performance at the only African qualifiers for the London 2012 Olympic Games held in Casablanca, Morocco, time has definitely come to concentrate fully on the more promising and talented upcoming boxers.
The Namibia Boxing Federation (NABF) secretary-general (SG), Joe Kaperu told V-Sports that it is time for the boxers who took part at the African Olympic qualifiers to start boxing professionally or register with the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) for world ranking.
“We would like to mould a new generation of boxers that will eventually replace the current top boxers at the major Africa Open Championships to be hosted by Algeria later this year,” said Kaperu.
He added that the current crop of boxers have reached their peak and must now join the locally established boxing academies to be part of the pay-ranks.
“We want to focus on the major boxing events such as the 2013 Zonals and other events on the African Boxing Confederation calendar,” said Kaperu adding that NABF will submit its budget to the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) by the end of this week to kick-start preparations for the open championships in Algeria.
Among the senior boxers still to be considered are bantamweight Jonas Matheus, Imamuel Shapoka and Mikka Shonena who will blend in their experiences with the young amateur boxers.
Namibia had six boxers at the only African qualifiers for the London 2012 Olympic Games of which only two made it to the summer games.  
The boxers urged to turn professional are Japhet Uutoni (lightweight), Johannes Simon (flyweight), Jeremiah Nakathila (lightweight), Mejandjae Kasuto (light heavyweight) and Tobias Munihango (super heavyweight).
According to Kaperu, the national boxing federation will continue sending boxers to Cuba for training to prepare them for major boxing championships and that they will still sought for new relations with countries that did very well at the London Olympic Games.