Naidjala to face SekotsweBy: HELGE SCHUTZ
IMMANUEL ‘Prince’ Naidjala will be the main attraction at the Independence Celebration Boxing Bonanza when he defends his WBO Africa Bantamweight title against Leslie Sekotswe of Botswana.
The tournament will be promoted by the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy and will take place at the Windhoek Country Club on March 20.
Naidjala is still unbeaten after 15 fights but will face a tough opponent in Sekotswe, who is also unbeaten after 12 fights, with 11 wins and a draw.
In 2008 Sekotswe won the vacant African Boxing Union super featherweight title, while he has won fights in Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, when he beat Petaneni Elago in 2005.
Sekotswe’s last fight was however three years ago so he could be a bit ring rusty.
In the main supporting bout, Sacky ‘Izinyoka’ Shikukutu will defend his WBO Africa Interim Welterweight title against Pascal Bruno of Kenya.
Shikukutu has a record of 14 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, while Bruno has a record of 16 wins, 15 defeats and 3 draws. In his last fight in October last year, Bruno was comprehensively beaten by Tyson Ushona over 12 rounds. Martin Haikali will make his first comeback in more than a year after losing the WBO Africa lightweight title to Samuel Amoako of Ghana in February last year.
Haikali, who has a record of 10 wins and 5 losses will face a tough fight against Herbert Nkabiti of Botswana in an international lightweight fight.
The 31-year-old Nkabiti is still undefeated after eight pro fights, winning them all by knockout or technical knockout. Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo will take on the experienced South African, Samuel Malinga in an international junior welterweight fight over six rounds.
Indongo is still unbeaten after 13 fights, while Malinga has a pro record of 34 wins and 4 losses.
There will be four other fights on the bill:
Junior Lightweight 4 rounds: Immanuel Andreki (3f, 2w, 1l) v Lazarus Namalambo (3f, 2w, 1l)
Bantamweight 4 rounds: Onesmus Nekundi (1f, 1w) v Nathaneal Kamati (1f, 1w)
Featherweight 6 rounds:
Sakaria Lukas (6f, 6w) v Joseph Katenda (5w, 10l)
Flyweight 8 rounds
Abmerk Shindjuu (17f, 12w, 3l, 2d) v Pathias Chisenga (4f, 3w, 1l).