Nestor Tobias says he is satisfied with the progress displayed by his stable of boxers thus far, adding that he is relishing the opportunity to land more fights for the hard-hitters who fall under his stable.
MTC Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy has over the years kept its tempo in producing boxers of continental and world class quality and the kraal master says the hidden secret is cemented in hard work and commitment.
The stable gave birth to Champions and former champions like Rambo Hantindi, Tyson Uushona, Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses, Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo and Walter Kautondokwa.
Nestor Tobias started his boxing coaching and managing career right after he hung up his boxing gloves in 1999.
“After deciding to hang up my gloves, I decided to invest the little money I had in boxing. I knew that there was a lot of talent at home and all we needed was the platform. My objective was just to train and manage the boxers while relying on the then existing promoters to do the job. Two years later, there were no fights coming from the other end so I applied for a promoting license,” said the boxing guru during an exclusive interview this week.
“I groomed most of the boxers under the stable and we made sure that they are always ready to represent the country.
We were never afraid of losing because it is part of the game but we always made sure that the boxers were ready,” said a buoyant Tobias.
Tobias’ grooming and winning streaks earned him the African WBO Promoter of the year 2016. During the same year, Julius Indongo rose to fame with the 45 seconds win over Russian Eduard Troyanovsky and later sinking Scot Ricky Burns. Last week, Kautondokwa’s fifth-round victory over Obidai Sai of Ghana added another IBF Africa middleweight title to the ‘Sunshine’ stables.
Giving an update about the stable’s future hot prospects, Tobias sang high praises for Sakaria Lukas and Kautondokwa. Tobias rates the duo highly, saying they have the required talent and hunger for the sport.
He also named Jeremiah Nakathila, whom he says is yet to reach his full potential, as a hot prospect. From the list of the newcomers, Tobias said the nation should also be on the lookout for Mike Shonena; “that kid has talent.”
“There are a lot of kids in the gym and whenever I look at them, I see world champions. What we invest in this journey does not matter because I know one day one of them will cover the damage and make this country proud,” he said.
Tobias also slightly shared about the next big fights from his stable:
Walter Kautondokwa – “The sky is the limit for him. If you have a big guy like him with 14 knock outs and one win on distance, it is a blessing to have a guy like him. He has this unique power and can knock anyone down. For now we will keep him busy and if we are lucky to get a world title shot, we will definitely take it.”
Paulus Ambunda – “He has been quiet for some time after his loss. He is however back in the gym and we know that he still has it in him. He is one of the best boxers in the country in terms of his defense and boxing skills so we are also working on him.”
Paulus Moses – “He is one of the most disciplined boxers. Ranked number 4th in the world right now. Age is not on his side but he still has it on him.”
Julius Indongo– “He is back in the gym. As a champion with three titles, everyone has their own rules and regulations so we are bound to abide by them. A Crawford deal would be best and by the end of this week or early next week, we will definitely give the nation an update very soon.”
Tobias urged more corporate companies to come on board and support the communities from which they make their profits.
“Right now we only have MTC as our sponsor, but MTC alone cannot carry the country. The banks in particular make a lot of money from Namibians hence I feel they should give back to the different sport codes that continue to put the country’s name high. The future of boxing in this country looks bright and we can produce many champions in all sport codes if we work together,” concluded Tobias.