Amateur boxer Ipinge pushing for Olympic Games berth

• BY Michael Uugwanga   

EXCITING young amateur boxer Gebhard Ipinge, one of six boxers attempting to qualify for this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Paris, France, has described himself as a small boy doing his best to win and qualify for his first Olympic Games.

Ipinge, undoubtedly the next big thing in boxing, has proved to be the future of boxing over the last several years. He has over 250 amateur matches on his resume and has only lost roughly five. At 21, he is probably in his prime years, though some may argue that at that age, he should have already turned professional, as boxers in other parts of the world, such as the United States, have produced world champions before the age of 23, but in Namibia and Africa as a whole, it is

This is understandable due to a lack of funding for boxers, making it hard for them to turn professional at a young age.

Ipinge and the other five fighters, Jona Junias Jonas, Try Again Ndevelo, Petrus Festus, Johannes Trofimus, and Elifas Shailemo, will fly to Italy to compete in the boxing Olympic qualification event, which will be held from March 4 to 11 in Busto Arsizo.

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