By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIAN professional boxer, Japhet ‘The Lion’ Uutoni will be hoping for prayers from his countrymen and women when he steps into the ring this Saturday in his quest to land an opportunity to secure a world title fight.
The young Namibian boxing sensation who left for Puerto Rico last week will trade blows with the undefeated Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta in the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Junior Flyweight final world title eliminator.
The eventual winner would be the mandatory challenger for the WBO Junior Flyweight world title currently held by Japanese Kosei Tanaka.
Speaking to Confidente Sport before his departure to South America, Uutoni said he had been training hard and did even not e joy the festive season holidays last year.
“I am ready for Acosta, and although I have not viewed any of his previous fights, I am confident of getting the needed result,” said Uutoni.
Uutoni called on his fans and the general Namibian public to keep him in their prayers as he aims for yet another milestone in his illustrious boxing career.
“Yes, a knockout will at all times be a bonus, and should he (Acosta) make a single mistake, I will surely capitalise on it,” said Uutoni.
“I am happy that an opportunity has been presented to me and it will be all systems go come Saturday. There will be no room for pessimism and doubts as action will be the only ammunition that will do the talking in the ring,” he stressed.
“If I win I will dedicate the title to my first-born son Honour Uutoni’ who is now one-year-and a half, and I can’t really fail him.”
Uutoni boasts a professional record of 13 fights of which he has only lost one. He clocked up a record of five knockouts from those 13 fights which gives him a 38 percent knockout success rate. Acosta, on his part, has 15 fights under his belt and is yet to taste defeat. Meanwhile, Acosta is reported to have opened his training camp to the Puerto Rican media to show his condition for his upcoming WBO world title eliminator fight against Uutoni.
“I feel great we had a great training camp and I really feel motivated to have a big win on Saturday night and again my way to my dream of becoming a world champion,” he told his country’s media.
Acosta, who looked relaxed and focused during his routine training session said: “I feel ready and can’t wait for Saturday night, I will beat Uutoni either by KO or decision.”
“We are pleased to have the presence of the world champion Tanaka on Saturday night. It will be an honour to have him and his team with us. This will be great for him to see whom he will be facing in the next 90 days, this division is getting on fire,” said Bryan Perez, vice president of operations of Miguel Cotto Promotions.
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