New Era (Windhoek)

12 March 2013

Namibia: Independence Boxing Bonanza!

Windhoek — With the entire nation already in a celebratory mood ahead of Namibia's 23rd independence celebrations slated for next Thursday, the MTC Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias Boxing & Fitness Academy will be adding to the atmosphere by hosting their annual Independence Boxing Bonanza on March 20.

In a night that promises to offer multiple action, crowed favourite and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa bantamweight champion, Immanuel 'The Prince' Naidjala will be making his 5th title defence against Lesley Sekotswe of Botswana, in what promises to be a crackerjack affair.

Naidjala holds an astonishing record of 15 wins from the same number of bouts, while opponent Sekotswe, who is the reigning WBC Pan African champion has an impressive record of 11 wins and 1 draw from 12 fights.

Naidjala, a youthful hard-punching Namibian boxing marvel, last fought in November last year when he trounced the out-of-sorts Shabani Kilumbelumbe from Tanzania via a 4th round technical knockout. According to Boxrec.com, Sekotswe last fought in 2010 against Simo Mbande from South Africa.

Also in action will be Sacky 'Izinyoka' Shikukutu against Pascal Bruno from Kenya, when he defends his WBO welterweight title against the Kenyan over 12 rounds of what could be a heated affair. After being out of action for almost two years, Martin Haikali will make his return to the ring with a fight against Herbert Nkabiti from Botswana, in an international lightweight bout over 6 rounds.

In other undercard fights, Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo takes on Samuel Malinga (SA) in a 6-rounder international junior welterweight bout, while Immanuel Andreki will trade leather with compatriot Lazarus Namalambo in the junior lightweight division over 4 rounds. Onesmus Nekundi faces Nathaniel Kamati in the bantamweight division also over 4 rounds.

Sakaria Lukas will be locking horns with Joseph Katenda over 6 rounds in the featherweight division, while Amberk Shindjuu takes on Pathias Chisenga from Zambia for over 8 rounds in the flyweight division.

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