The Chairman of Salute Boxing Academy Kiriata Kamanya says the academy is living up to its principles in developing boxing in Namibia, and wants to win five world titles in the next five years.
Kamanya was responding to questions on where he sees the academy in five years’ time, at a recent press conference held at a local hotel in the capital where they announced upcoming boxing bonanza on the third of December at Ramatex.
Tyson Uusona is expected to feature in the main bout up against Rafal Jackiewics of Poland for the same title he lost to Deniz Ilbay early this year during the December boxing bonanza.
Kamanya said they want to fight for any title in the world from any recognised organisation because they are all important and that the academy wants to give all the boxers a fair chance.
He is confident enough that the stable has boxers that are hungry for success and are capable to bring world titles to the Land of the Brave thus putting Namibia on the map.
“We have a lot of good upcoming boxers with the potential to win world titles and we want to give them opportunities, but that will depend on the quality of the boxer and the skills he possess to get a shot to the title,” said Kamanya.
He singled out Tyson Uushona, Lukas Ndaofluma, David Shinuna and Albino Felesiano as boxers that are good enough to bring world titles to Namibian shores in the near future.
There are between 30 and 40 boxers registered with the academy.
Corporate communication officer Fredrich ‘Baiano’ Nghiyolwa also shared the academy’s ambition to win big titles in the world.
“We want to challenge for any title depending on the availability of that title. Whether it is WBC, WBO, WBA and so on, with hard work we can achieve that” Nghiyolwa beamed.
When prompted which international boxers he would love to see fighting in Namibia, the Salute Boxing Academy spokesperson noted that anybody that has what it takes to add value to the sport in the country by delivering the best is welcome to fight here.
The local boxing fraternity has been experiencing a lot of in-fighting of late, which is threatening the future of the sport in the country.
Kamanya stressed that promoters should work together for the sake of boxing going forward if the sporting code is to be successful.
“I don’t have a problem working with other promoters. Two heads are better than one to develop sport. We are in talks with promoters in other countries like South Africa, England and Tanzania to take boxing to the next level,” he said.
Kamanya also confirmed that, the third December boxing bonanza will cost them approximately N$1.4 million and that money is contributed by Salute family since they have no sponsor. He admitted being a big fan of eternal boxing foes Floyd Mayweather Jr and Philippine congressman Manny Pacquiao.
Former commonwealth champion Paulus “Ali” Numbembe, who joined the stable a few months ago, said boxing has grown now compared to those days when he used to fight as there was a lack of competition in the country.
“There were few boxers back then, especially in my division that is why I went to turn professional in the UK, but now there are lots of boxing academies and the competition is high so there is potential. We just need sponsors plus assistance from the government then boxing will definitely grow”, Numbembe said.
So far, in 26 years since independence Namibia, has produced three world champions being Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon, former middleweight world champion; Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses, former lightweight champion; and Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda who scooped the bantamweight and super bantamweight world titles at different times.
The Salute Boxing Academy would want to rewrite the boxing records of Namibia and surpass that record in five years’ time.