…Julius Indongo rumoured to be heading out as well
In an unprecedented twist of events at the country’s biggest boxing stable, renowned trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias sent his right hand man Immanuel ‘Imms’ Moses packing with immediate effect.
This follows talks that Moses allegedly tried to land former world champion an international contract that would have allowed him to move base to the United States of America.
The Patriot can reveal that Indongo’s fight drew a lot of attention from promoters, trainers as well as fans and despite being knocked out by Terrence Crawford on the night, Indongo caught the eye of a US-based promoter who wanted to recruit him after being impressed by the Namibian’s boxing skills.
Negotiations to snub Indongo from Tobias’ stable were ongoing but undercover and only surfaced recently when the US-based international stable wrote to Inspector General of the Police asking for the release of Indongo “as he has an upcoming fight.”
The source disclosed that the matter has now turned into a legal fight between the stables as Tobias fights to keep his most coveted boxer.
Sources close to the Sunshine stable told this publication that Indongo was ready to jump ship before Tobias got wind of the story. Indongo is currently the highest ranked boxer in the Sunshine stable. Both Moses and Indongo denied the US links. Moses confirmed yesterday that his working relationship with Tobias has come to an premature end.
“I will convene a press conference next week to talk about the matter,” Moses said briefly when contacted.
In June, Moses was appointed as a ‘Global Matchmaker’ for Pro Boxing League (PBL) and other properties of IPBA, effective as of that month. The appointment was at the time for one year and could be renewed based on mutually agreed terms and conditions between the two parties.
Meanwhile close sources say the relationship between the two [Nestor and Imms] has been fading of late with, with both on opposite ends regarding the modus operandi of the stable.
References are being made to Tobias claiming recognition for work he does not do apparently. On paper, Tobias wears the hat of stable boss, coach, agent and promoter. This seems to have irritated some of the stable members who claim their work go unnoticed.
In October, Tobias took home the Coach of the Year award at MTC/Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Sports Awards walking away with N$30,000.
“We all know Nestor [Tobias] does not coach and does not spend a lot of time with the boxers.
Yet, when the boxer fights, he is the one in the corner and takes the glory. He want to run the stable like a village headmen and takes all the recognition,” said the source adding that these are some of the reasons boxers and coaches are frustrated at the stable.
A pro-Tobias source retaliated saying “Sunshine is the brainchild of Tobias and therefore he has the right to decide how the affairs of the stable are handled.
I know who the people are making those claims, they want glory at all costs and forget how hard Nestor has to work to land sponsors and provide resources for the boxers.”
Meanwhile, allegations are also rife that the stable head and dethroned IBF and WBA Julius Indongo’s relationship has hit rock-bottom with the former champion having links to international stable and en route to leave the Nestor gym.
Indongo denied this allegations saying those spreading the rumour seem to know things about his life that he himself does not know.
“I am also just hearing this from people. It is interesting how people know so much about my life, even things that I do not know myself. It is not true. I am still with the Sunshine stable and do not know of any news about me leaving,” said Indongo who is yet to return to the ring after the Crawford defeat.
Not so long ago, stable champions Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, Wilberforce Shihepo and Vikapita Meroro parted ways with their long time handler and joined forces with rival stable Salute Boxing Academy. Ambunda at the time said he was looking for greener pastures after growing frustrated over his conspicuous lack of action against formidable opponents.
Attempts to get a comprehensive response from Tobias who is currently in South Africa were fruitless as he failed to respond to questions sent to him before this publication went to print.