Meet Twakala, a teen boxer with big dreams

• BY MICHAEL UUGWANGA

DELI Twakala aged 14 is a young boxer at Bright Warriors Boxing Club in Soweto, Katutura in Windhoek with determination to create a bright future and a name for himself in the popular sport.

Twakala a grade seven pupil at Tobias Hainyeko Primary School, joined Bright Warriors Boxing Club early this year.

Bright Warriors Boxing Club has produced some of the country’s finest boxers, such as undefeated boxers like Paulus Amavila and Charles Shinima (now with MTC Sunshine Academy) and it is also where other professional boxers notably Anthony Jarmann and Sacky Amutje train.

Just like many of the local boxers when asked which fighter inspired them to take up boxing it is no surprise that the name of legendary boxer and former world champion Harry ‘Terminator’ Simon always pops up, and it was no surprise that Twakala also mentioned Simon.

“I joined the club this year after I was coming from my sister’s workplace at Herero Mall. I heard noise coming from the gym and that is when I decided to go inside and see what was happening and from there the rest is now history.

“My aim is to become a world champion like Simon since he is the first Namibian to win a world title. My parents do not have a problem with me boxing. The only thing that my parents tell me is to bath after school, do my homework and go to the gym,” said Twakala.

He said his defeat to David Marius was a learning lesson, but that would not deter him as he is aiming at becoming a champion boxer.

“It was my first fight (against Marius) and yes, I lost the fight but that was just the beginning. If I go for a rematch I’m pretty sure that I am going to win. I walk from Hakahana to the gym because it is only through hard work that one can succeed in life,” said Twakala, who also dreams of being a scientist.

As part of his confidence, Twakala has designed his own World Boxing Organisation (WBO), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) belts, a sign that he is destined for greater heights.