Nghutenanye vows to keep Africa title

• By Michael Uugwanga

WORLD Boxing Association (WBA) Pan Africa Flyweight holder, Fillemon ‘Nadi’ Nghutenanye has promised to keep his title come November 12, when he defends his title against Ally Ngwanda of Tanzania at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek.

The boxing bonanza which will also see 14 other undercards is proudly organised by the MTC Salute Boxing Academy under the theme ‘Back to Action.’

The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds.

Nghutenanye has a record of 10 fights, nine wins and one draw, while Ngwanda has arecord of 11 fights, eight wins, one loss and two draws.

“As you all know this is not a joke. I am well prepared and my training camp went well.  I have really enjoyed training.  I am looking forward to the job and do not know his name (Ngwanda) but I am here for business. I am ready to protect my title. He (Ngwanda) came with nothing and he will go back with nothing,” Nghutenanye said.

Responding to Nghutenanye, Ngwanda said that he was here to put up a good show.

“I have not seen him (Nghutenanye) fight but I do believe in myself and I worked very hard in the gym, so you can all expect a good show,” Ngwanda said.

The night will also be graced by exciting bouts when son of former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Middleweight boxer Harry Simon, Harry Simon Jr who takes on Limbambi Chikapa of Malawi in a non-title bout scheduled for six rounds in the Welterweight division.

Simon Jr who is yet to taste defeat in his boxing career since his hey-days said he was more experience than his opponent, whom he already beat in 2019.

Simon Jr also said that his aim was to be in the top 10 in the world come 2023, so that he gets a chance to fight for a world title.

“I want to thank Salute for giving me another chance to display my skills.  I am getting closer into my boxing prime.  I am going to showcase boxing skills people have never seen in this country.  I am going to put up American type of skills. I am well trained by my coach, Lesley Kambindaand I also have my father by my side aiding my development. In 2024, I will be a world champion.  I am the more experience boxer here because I started boxing at the age of 12 and I am still unbeaten even from my days an amateur,” SimonJr said.

Chairperson of MTC Salute Boxing Academy, Kiriata Kamanya urged Namibians to come out in big numbers.

“I want to thank the boxers and the coaches for a well done job. I am calling on the nation to come and support this bonanza,” Kamanya said.

There will also be some entertainment on show, notably Tate Buti, a big fan of Nghutenanye.

Below are other bouts.

Tomas Shifiona vs John Shitilitha (Super Bantamweight), Lazarus Shaningwa vs Israel Kammwamba (Malawi) (Super Featherweight), Lukas Ndafoluma vs Musah Mkwanda (Malawi) (Catch-Super-Middleweight), Abed Shikongo vs Simon Shafodino ( Super Welterweight), Immanuel Josef vs Tisetso Modisadife (South Africa) (Flyweight), Samuel Nande vs Petrus Matheus (Welterweight),  Immanuel Nghilongwa vs Paulus Morgan (Super-Lightweight), Joiy Nangolo vs Mathews  Nghikevali (Super Flyweight), Matias Hamunyela vs Nelson Malangu (Flyweight), Mervin Nguno vs Eslon Kalus (Super-Lightweight), Andreas Shikongo vs Fillipus Amwaama ( Super-Welterweight), Gabriel Jamba vs Paulus Shonena (Bantamweight) and Immanuel Andeleki vs Teofilus Nashilongo (Featherweight).

General ticket is N$200 per person, N$10 000 table for 10 and N$20 000 VIP table for ten.

The first bout will start at 16H00.