In what will undoubtedly be a night of thrilling
boxing action in the heart of Windhoek next
Saturday where blood and cuts will be visible
features in the ring, Namibia’s World Boxing
Organization (WBO) Africa champion,
Immanuel “Prince” Naidjala, will be
poised to defend his title.
The Namibian pugilist will
trade leather blows against a
more experienced and slicker
opponent in South Africa’s,
Gideon Buthelezi, in a bout
slated for the capital.
In an interview with The
Villager Naidjala described
his preparation as being on
track in the run-up to the
defence of his WBO Africa
Naidjala said Buthelezi
but was quick to say that he picked up extensive
experience after the world championship and that
he has become more mature and deferent.
“During my preparation I worked on my
movement and combination and my punches are
more thorough than before,” said Naidjala.
The champion, who seemed unmoved by
Buthelezi’s track record said he has been
training with a southpaw as a
sparring partner and that his
speed and power has improved
“I am confident of
beating him without
raising an eyebrow so my
technique and tactic have
improved,” stressed the
The Namibian boxer
said the fact that he
trained with deferent
boxers of various fighting
styles boosted his confidence
and that he viewed Buthelizi’s
fights.Asked if Buthelezi’s experience
cast any doubt on his confidence, the
Namibian pugilist said he couldn’t
care less since all that matters now and
the night of the fight is to successfully
defend his title in his own backyard.
“I have worked with a southpaw
during my preparation for the
upcoming fight and that will make the
fight more interesting as I will go all
out to secure a convincing win,” said
Naidjala’s trainer and promoter,
Nestor Tobias, last week said it would
be Naidjala’s toughest fight and a win
can elevate him to a position in which
he can contest for a world title.
“Buthelezi can spoil Naidjala’s
dream as he is a slick and experienced
boxer and that he can switch from
southpaw to orthodox to confuse his
opponent,” said Tobias.
However, Naidjala nullified his
trainer’s description of Buthelezi’s
so called experience as he described
his training and preparation as more
intense than before as he has more
confidence in himself than ever before.
The main supporting bout will
feature JNR welterweight WBO Africa
champion Julius “Blue Machine”
Indongo against hard-hitting Kaizer
Mabuza. Tobias said a win for Indongo
will be good for his profile and surely
take him into the world ranking.
Another exciting bout will feature
the WBO Africa flyweight champion,
Abmerk “Scorpion” Shindjuu, against
former commonwealth champion and
challenger, Jafet “Thin Man” Uutoni,
in a 12-round bout.
Also pencilled for the night is
a showdown between the current
WBO Africa lightweight champion,
Samuel “The Hammer” Kapapu, and
compatriot Martin “Black Poison”
Haikali in a 12-round bout.
Another title at stake is the national
bantamweight belt that will see
Johannes “Baluka” Simon taking
countryman, Abner Mwafangeyo, in a
ten round bout.