… Namibian confident ahead of world title defence against fierce Russian
By John Tuerijama
COCKY World Boxing Federation (WBF) welterweight world champion Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona, says he is dedicating his upcoming successful title defence on Friday, 30 June against hard-hitting Russian, Roman Belaev, to fallen anti-apartheid icon, Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, who was buried at Heroes’ Acre last Saturday.
The bout dubbed, ‘Defending my national pride’, will see Ushona clash with the Russian at the Ramatex Complex in Windhoek, in what promises to be an intense battle.
A visit to the Salute Boxing Academy at the Independence Arena this week, revealed Ushona hard at work, preparing for the fight.
The 34-year-old promised to dedicate a win on Friday to Ya Toivo, and said his camp has a plan to dismantle Belaev, who has a record of 18 fights, with two losses, against Ushona’s 41 fights, five losses and one draw.
Ushona clinched the WBF world title after outsmarting Polish national Rafal Jackiewicz last December, to win the belt via a unanimous points’ decision.
The fight against Belaev is his first title defence.
“My promise to the Namibian nation still stands; this is not going to be a movie my friend, it’s is going to be reality,” he said.
“Nothing is going to go wrong, as my objective is to secure bigger fights, and to win more belts than the current one I have,” he said.
When asked about his immediate plans, should he successfully retain his WBF title, Ushona said that he will meet with his team, to chart the way forward towards bigger and better opportunities.
“But before that, I think I will have about two to three fights before the end of this year. The calendar is definitely going to be busy in the months to come,” he said.
In preparation for Friday’s title defence, the boxer has been training religiously throughout the week, except on Sundays.
Ushona’s trainer Tobias Nashilongo expressed satisfaction with his boxer’s training sessions, as they have worked on speed and mental preparedness.
“The training went well and he is ready; I have no doubt whatsoever, because all I know is that Ushona is going to retain the title successfully.
“The reality is that both these fighters are tough, and it’s going to be one hell of a fight, come Friday, but we are going to handle him,” said the trainer.
“I have been working on his speed and technique. Belaev is a powerful fighter, and I must say that I have watched five of his previous fights, but we do have a plan for him that I’m not going to reveal at this moment,” said Nashilongo.
“Once we successfully defend our title, I will then sit down with the Salute Boxing Promotions owner and executive chairman, Kiriat Kamanya, to discuss possible future prospects.”
Nashilongo said that come Friday, the ball will be in Ushona’s court to make the country smile, by defending Namibia’s pride.
Also on the card are other eye-catching bouts, including the mouth-watering prospect of local middleweight fighter Luca ‘The Demolisher’ Ndafoluma trading blows with South African Barend van Rooyen, for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Africa title.
The fight will be Ndafoluma’s professional debut.
At a recent media conference, he promised a win, as he steps into the world of professional boxing.
Also on the undercard is David ‘Opuwo Flash’ Shinuna, who takes on Immanuel Andeleki for the national junior lightweight title, while Vakufilapo ‘Cowboy’ Nashivela is set to clash with Simeon Shafodino for the national junior middleweight belt.
General stand tickets are available for N$100 each, while VIP tickets are selling for N$300.
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