By John Tuerijama
VETERAN boxing promoter, Nestor Tobias has played down allegations that the foreign boxers that he brings to Namibia are of sub-standard quality.
Asked why he only brings boxers from South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, Tobias said those boxers are world class and are also former holders of different continental and world titles.
He said the fights are matched up according to the individual boxer’s records and fights are sanctioned by the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) as well as the individual boxing bodies.
“You know Namibians like to complain a lot. Countries like South Africa have what they call hall of fame but here we have the hall of shame, we really like to criticise and try to shame others or rather pull someone down,” he moaned.
“We have world class boxers who are experienced, unfortunately their opponents normally fail to impress,” Tobias enthused.
The boxing promoter said match ups are done according to world standards, adding that there are instances where boxers from South Africa or Zimbabwe are more experienced than their Namibian counterparts but that the Namibians still emerge victorious in their respective duels.
“I am here to build my boxers to eventually become world title contenders and I am going to keep on doing just that,” an unfazed Tobias said.
“I always try to put up good fights on my cards and what we do is about our boxers because there is no one going to develop our boxers except ourselves,” he fumed.
Commenting on the outcome of the ‘No Mercy Part Five’ event last Saturday, where all the Namibian boxers clinched victories, Tobias said the evening was a great success and a good investment in Namibian boxers.
“It is not easy hosting such boxing events as it costs almost over N$1 million to host such boxing bonanzas. Our boxers did exceptionally well and this is how we market our boxers and its normally good for the country,” he said.
He added that such boxing bonanzas are good for Namibian boxers as it gives the boxers an opportunity to fight for bigger titles on the continent and the world.
According to Tobias, all his boxers who fought last Saturday will now make it to the top 15 positions of the WBO ranking list which will be issued at the end of August. Two of those, Immanuel Naindjala and Paulus Moses, are already ranked fourth and tenth, respectively.
“This is clear testimony that boxing is one of Namibia’s top flight sport codes. They all put impressive fights and as you know Moses is a seasoned and former world champion who demonstrated that he is in his own class. He has shown his superior abilities in terms of focus, speed and fitness level against Thomson Mokwane in the WBO Africa lightweight title fight last Saturday,” said Tobias.
Tobias was however not happy with Naindjala’s performance on Saturday, saying the boxer has slowed down in the last half of his WBO intercontinental bantamweight title fight.
“He is a well experienced fighter and all he needed to do was adjust and do better but all he wanted was the win which he got but I think he could have done better.”
Meanwhile, Tobias announced that another boxing bonanza would be scheduled for October 8 in Windhoek. He intends to feature some of his young and upcoming boxers on that day.
He, however, could not disclose who would be the main attraction on the evening but is confident that come October boxing fans would be treated to top class boxing action.
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