PROMOTER Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa believes Tommy ‘Show’ Nakashimba is a quality boxer, which is why he is the main attraction for tomorrow’s ‘The Way To The Top’ Boxing Bonanza.
Nakashimba, who scored a points victory over Matheus Kandala to win the Namibian featherweight title in September, is expected to fight the Nkuleko Vengenayi from Zimbabwe at the Khomasdal Community Hall.
After a promising start to his professional career in November 2006, Nakashimba raked up four losses on the bounce between August 2008 and September 2009.
However, since his last defeat – a TKO suffered against Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda in a fight for the national bantamweight title – Nakashimba has won his last three fights.
“He has a couple of losses because of lack of professionalism of the guys he worked with earlier in his career. But he also lost against good fighters,” said Hilongwa.
“He’s a good fighter. He’s a quality fighter and he never gets tired. He is focused and wants to do well so that he can improve his record”
While they may not be show-stoppers, Hilongwa said the rest of the card – which received N$100 000 sponsorship boot from Telecom Namibia - features decent fighters.
Especially upcoming welterweights Lukas ‘The Demolisher’ Ndafoluma, who fights Nicola Mutonora from Zimbabwe in the main supporting bout, and Steven ‘Anaconda’ Shimbonde, who faces another Zimbabwean in Dumezweni Ntuliki.
Also on the card is an all-Namibian super bantamweight four-rounder to be contested between Iipinge Kaunampito and Sacky Kambali Haufiku.
Lazarus Namalambo is set to fight Zimbawean Tinashe Mutodza in a featherweight bout, while Timoteus ‘Remember’ Shuulula and Alfeus Shilongo do battle with Ntando Simbanda and Keith jeremiah Kabika, who also hail from Zimbabwe.
The bonanza starts at 20h00 and tickets cost N$50 per person for regular seats, while there are also tables seating ten people selling for N$10 000.