In an unusual turn of events, Salute Boxing Academy (SBA) has called on the Namibian Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NBWCB) to assist it in banning some of the country’s boxing stables’ bosses from attending its boxing spectacle tomorrow.
The restricted individuals include seasoned trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias and Immanuel Moses of the MTC Nestor Tobias Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy, chief human capital and corporate officer of MTC Tim Ekandjo, Anita Tjombe – who heads Iron Lady Promotions and Kinda Nangolo of Kinda Promotion.
Through a media statement, SBA’s executive chairman Kriata Kamanya accused the restricted individuals of being against the progress made by his academy.
According to the statement, SBA sees it fit that the “following people are not welcome and are restricted with the highest order not to attend our event”.
“The reason behind is because they (restricted persons) have shown that they are against our progress and are capable of sabotaging our event,” the statement read.
When contacted to provide clarity on how the presence of the abovementioned individuals would affect tomorrow’s event, Kamanya said the efforts of the people to sabotage his camp’s progress is publicly known. “It is a well-known fact that they want me and Salute Boxing Academy to fail. So our event is better off without their presence.”
It also remains sketchy why Ekandjo was banned from the boxing event as he does not have any direct involvement in the sport but is only an employee of MTC, a company known for investing heavily in various sport codes across the country.
Efforts to get hold of Ekandjo for comment proved futile, as his mobile phone was unreachable. However, The Patriot has established that Ekandjo is currently in Russia to attend the fight that will see Namibian boxer Julius Indongo challenge Eduard Troyovsky of Russia in Moscow tomorrow, the same day as the SBA Boxing event. Indongo is under Nestor’s stables.
Similarly, efforts to get Tjombe’s side of the story failed as her mobile phone went unanswered after several attempts.
The anticipated fight, dubbed the ‘Redemption of Tyson’, will see Uushona seeking to reclaim his glory days at the expense of Rafal Jackiewicz of Poland tomorrow. Uushona is seeking to redeem his lost pride, which he has not enjoyed for the past year.