New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: 'Champions in the Desert? Boxing Bonanza

Windhoek — The coastal town of Swakopmund will be a hive of activity when the country's boxing crème de la crème, under the auspices of the Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy, converge on the usually laid-back holiday town on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to trade leather.

Leading the pack of pugilists will be Namibia's former world champion Paulus 'The Hitman' Moses, when he defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International Lightweight title against Argentinean Jeremiah 'Bullfrog' Castil (26), who is eight years Moses' junior.

The bout is one of many billed for the Venita Sports Centre in Swakopmund on the 8th of next month under the theme "Champions in the Desert", and will also feature some of the finest local professional boxers squaring off against top international opponents.

Betuel 'Tyson' Ushona leads a long list of top notch boxers in the under card bouts listing Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda, Tito Mwetupanga and Wilberforce 'Black Mamba' Shihepo, together with a good number of upcoming boxers, including the coastal pair of Abram Ndaendapo and Joseph Katenda.

The main bout between 'The Hitman' and Castil promises to have all the ingredients of a humdinger as the incumbent World Boxing Council (WBC) Latino champion boasts an equally impressive record of 19 wins, 6 losses and I draw with 9 stoppages from 26 fights. His record of 19 wins equals the number of fights that lasted less than the full distance accredited to his Namibian opponent, whose record reads 29 wins and 2 defeats.

Castil is undefeated in his last 4 bouts and could pose a serious threat to Moses' aspirations to make a successful first title defence. He won the WBO International belt by dispatching the highly rated Cassius Baloyi from South Africa via a split decision in Windhoek, in July this year.

The event will not only be confined to blood, sweat and tears - as the organisers have incorporated some adrenaline pumping entertainment in the form of live music featuring songbird Stella, Stefan Ludik and Wambuseun.

The entrance fee is N$500 for VIP seats, N$150 for middle-row seats and N$50 for the grandstand. Tickets can be purchased from Computicket at any Shoprite outlet across the country.

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