By John Tuerijama
ANTHONY Jaarman will step into the ring this month to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Africa super-welterweight title against a tough opponent from Tanzania.
The lanky, hard-hitting Namibia is currently hard at work, in preparation for his title defence against Hassan Mwakinyo, which is set to take place in either in Botswana or South Africa.
Mwakinyo has a record of eight fights, with seven wins and one loss, while Jaarman has fought 16 times, winning 14 bouts, while losing one and drawing one.
Kinda Nangolo of Kinda Boxing Promotions, said that his boxer is in good shape, and is confident of successfully defending his title.
“I am in talks with some promoters to co-sponsor the event, and that is why I really can’t say where the fight will take place. We can’t have the title defence fight in Namibia, simply because there are no funds at this stage to have it here,” said Nangolo.
“All possible requirements will be concluded, such as the medical test and the clearance to have Jaarman defend the title.”
Nangolo, who attended the MTC Sunshine Regional Cup in Otjiwarongo recently, commended the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy for the well-organised event, which attracted amateur boxers from as far as the Oshana and Erongo regions.
“The event was indeed a top-class championship, in terms of the promotion of grassroots development, and attracted a total of 150 boxers, who traded blows over the two-day boxing festivities. It brought together the very best of the best in boxing,” said Nangolo.
He said such efforts must be commended at all times, and was quick to call on the government, through the ministry of sport, to make funding available for the country’s sport codes that truly want to implement such development programmes.
“Yes, more efforts must seriously come from the government, to ensure that the country is fairly represented at events, such as All-Africa Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. This is something that has to be emulated by other sport codes, in order to identify talent throughout the country,” Nangolo said.
He said sport development activities must be decentralised to the regions, and should not just be confined to Windhoek.
Nangolo said that it was great having boxers from as far afield as Keetmanshoop at the MTC Sunshine Regional Cup, and that it was a great opportunity for boxing promoters, such as himself, to scout for talent.
Nangolo said that local authorities must prioritise sport facilities in their respective regions, as currently such facilities are nowhere to be found.
“The talent is there, and if places such as Otjiwarongo do not have facilities, where will these young talent go? Instead of moulding them, young people with talent end up wasting it at shebeens,” said the concerned boxing promoter.
Nangolo said development programmes will see Namibia producing athletes who will bring home medals from different sport events.
Defending champions, Khomas clinched the title for the third consecutive time, while Oshana ended in a second place.
Nampol secured third, while Erongo and Otjozondjupa ended fourth and fifth, respectively.
Martin Amesho was crowned Best Overall Junior Boxer, while female coach Amesho Saima won the coveted Best Coach of the Tournament.
Trecina Shivolo took home the Best Official of the Tournament award.
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