…..wants chairperson booted out
By John Tuerijama
LOCAL boxing promoter Kinda Nangolo says the current chairperson of the Namibia Professional Boxing Control Board (NPBCB), Ellison Hijarunguru, must be removed because boxing is suffering quietly because of his continued stay at the helm of the control board. In an interview with this publication early this week, Nangolo appealed to the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Erastus Uutoni, to remove Hijarunguru and appoint a new person who will take boxing development seriously. The feud between the local boxing promoter and the board’s sitting chairperson has been documented by the media widely, with the board barring Nangolo from organising boxing events in the country. Nangolo was barred from promoting any fights locally following allegations that he owes former boxer, Gotlieb Ndokosho. Nangolo told Confidente that his boxing stable will never have its boxers fighting internally, adding that the World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Anthon Jarmann will have to defend his title outside the country. “We are, however, still busy and we are going to have our boxers fight outside since we are not comfortable having our boxers fight here. We are not happy with the current board and if the Minister replaces the chairperson it will do justice to the promotion of boxing,” Nangolo fumed. He added that the stable has had three boxers fighting outside the country specifically in Swaziland (eSwatini) and hopes that the Minister appoints a new board for the benefit of boxing development. He further said that Jarmann will have to defend his title later this year at a place yet to be finalised. Following the squabbles, the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board this year barred Nangolo from boxing related activities until he complies with the set rules and regulations. Ndokosho had claimed that Nangolo owed him N$50 000 since 2015 when he fought Oscar Chauke for the International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental featherweight. Instead of Nangolo paying him N$60 000 for the fight he was only paid N$10 000. However, Nangolo maintained that it was not him but the boxing control board that owed Ndokosho, a situation that saw the board flexing its muscle and barred Nangolo from the sport. But Nangolo maintained that he has never been barred nor was he served with a letter spelling out his dismissal from organising any boxing activities. “I will continue promoting boxing outside Namibia and currently we are looking at a number of fights before this year come to an end,” he said. In 2016 and 2017, the local boxing promoter accused the boxing control members of squandering N$101, 500 in sanctioning fees, which reportedly was transferred to a bank account of the board.
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