Champions promise to wow home crowd

Charles Shinima in action. File photo

Headline acts Paulus John Jon Ndjolonimus and Charles Shinima promised to defend their World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles in style during the MTC Nestor Tobias Sunshine Boxing Academy Together As One showcase at Ongwediva tomorrow.

They said fighting in front of their home supporters was an added motivation to do their best.

WBO International super middleweight champion Ndjolonimus hails from Oshikuku, about 40 km from Ongwediva.

Still unbeaten in 16 fights, he will go toe-to-toe with Patrick Mukala from the Democratic Republic of Congo who has a record of 17 fights, 14 wins and two losses.

The Namibian power-puncher is focused on getting his 17th win.

“There are no nerves, we are mentally focused on what we prepared for. I’m ready, come 1 September. I’m going to do what I usually do. I’m not saying I’m going to knock him out, but anything can happen. So, I’m prepared to go all 12 rounds,’’ he said.

Shinima is confident he will defend his WBO welterweight title against seasoned Tanzanian Idd Pialari, who has 31 wins, eight losses and one draw to date.

“He is a very experienced boxer. He has fought all the top guys but come Friday, I will be the top guy. I will put him down,’’ he said.

In another notable match-up on the 11-fight bill, Immanuel Mungadjela faces Hedison Nghipondoka for the welterweight national title.

Promoter Nestor Tobias said, “This is going to be one of the biggest sporting events of the year.”

He urged fans to turn up in numbers.

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