By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIAN pugilist Daniel ‘Open Fire’ Kasheela is holding on to his dream of entering the ring to fight for a continental or world title.
The powerful boxer has had his golden opportunity snapped away in 2014 when, without any explanation, he lost out on a chance to fight for a title.
Kasheela was to fight an unnamed boxer for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) continental Africa welterweight title, however, all was lost when IBF Africa president Onesmo Ngowi and the then Onkungo Promoter, Anita Tjombe could not explain why the fight could not take place.
Kasheela, who last fought compatriot Lucas Mukete in a non-title fight which he won on points, is hungry for some real action, and has called on the Namibian corporate world to assist financially to finally realise his dream.
The experienced boxer, who joined the paid ranks in 2006, has a professional record of 22 fights, 18 victories and four losses to his credit.
In an interview with Confidente, the upbeat Kasheela said nothing will stop him from realising the ultimate dream of getting a chance to an African title first before going on conquering the world.
In a bid to promote his fight and raise funds to finance his bout, Kasheela said he will stage an exhibition fight at the coast on Saturday. “We will have our exhibition fight to showcase our talent to the young boys who are willing to take boxing as their future career,” he stressed.
Kasheela, a police officer by profession, said he will be representing the Namibian Police at the exhibition fight scheduled to take place at the Swakopmund Community Hall.
He said the cream of the crop of Namibian boxing are expected to strut their stuff at the exhibition showdown that will feature boxers like Tommy Hango, Gotlieb Ndokosho and Abraham Ndaendapo amongst others.
Kasheela said the exhibition fight will also have over 20 amateur boxers from the Erongo region. Entrance to the exhibition fight is free and all boxing enthusiasts are invited to attend.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015