WINDHOEK – History is in the offing, as Namibia prepares to host a bumper-pack boxing bonanza also featuring professional women boxers for the very first time in the short history of professional boxing in the country.
The stage is set for the 29th of next month when Namibia’s featherweight boxer Gottlieb Ndokosho climbs into the ring to square off against Tanzanian opponent Rayabu Maoja for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) title at the SKW Hall in Olympia.
The event, featuring other prominent local boxers against selected opponents from neighbouring South Africa in under card bouts, is organised by Kinda Promotions and sanctioned by the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board.
Apart from the main bout, all eyes will be fixed on the much-anticipated ‘Clash of the Beauties’, which sees Namibian-based Zimbabwean female professional boxer, Cecilia Pitiseni, trading leather with a yet to be named opponent in an exhibition four-rounder.
Namibian featherweight boxer Ndokosho will be out to improve on his patchy record of 13 wins and 3 defeats from 16 fights in the paid ranks against the unknown Tanzanian, who holds an equally patchy record of 10 wins, 5 losses and 3 draws out of 18 bouts.
Local welterweight boxer Pohamba Mandume will also be in action against Isaac Hlatshwayo of South Africa over six rounds, while Albinus Felestianu takes on South African opponent Godfrey Nemukongwe in a non-title featherweight six-rounder.
There will also be three all-Namibian fights, as Timoteus Shuulula gets a chance to set the record straight when he takes on Johannes Gabriel in the rematch of their bantamweight bout over four rounds after Shuulula dispatched Gabriel in their first confrontation.
Featherweight boxer, Johannes Kutumba, who lost his debut bout in the pro ranks, will come up against the unbeaten Toivo Mukwendje in another four-round bout with Chris Ukelo completing the all-Namibian affair via an exhibition bout against Frans Costa Niilo.
Armed with probably the worst record in the history of local professional boxing, Joseph Katenda, will also be in action against a yet to be named opponent.
The ever-present unorthodox featherweight boxer has suffered 10 losses and 2 draws and boasts a paltry 3 wins from 14 fights.