Saturday 17 April 2021
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I’ve been underrated for long’ – Ndafoluma

Middleweight boxer Lukas ‘Demolisher’ Ndofoluma has expressed his delight at having the chance to enter the ring again on 3 August saying he has long been underrated hence it is his time to shine.
The 32-year-old confided in The Patriot Sport this week during which he said there will be no theatrical play when he faces DRC’s Jimmy Mabundji for the 12 round WBF Africa super-middleweight title at the ‘Desert Rumble 3’ boxing bonanza in Swakopmund at the majestic Dome.
The contest, at which the Ndafoluma-Mabundji bout falls as an undercard will also see featherweight pugilist Jeremiah Nakathila face Crispin Moliati from Malawi in the main bout for the WBO Africa super-featherweight title. Nakathila is currently ranked fifth on the WBO charts and a win could likely push him in the mandatory challenger brackets since the top two boxers will be fighting for the vacant title soon.
Home, honour, personal pride and a sense of breaking the grounds; Ndafuloma is hardly lacking in motivation as he heads into the contest.
“I have been underrated for long and this is my time to shine. I feel I have not been given the opportunity to be the champion that I am so this one will be an honour to demonstrate to the country and the world that there is talent here,” boasted the ‘Demolisher.’
Ndafoluma has shocked the world once, and now believes it can be done again. The pugilist’s last taste of the gloves was late last year when he out-boxed Craig Cunningham in their middleweight clash during the Africa versus United Kingdom team boxing in Manchester, England.
The two boxers were originally supposed to fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight International Silver title, but a delay in the issuing of a visa to the Namibian boxer, saw him arriving late in England, resulting in the fight to be changed to a Ceremonial International Challenge title match instead.
“On 3 August, we are ready. I can’t wait for the day to come already. My coach and I will make sure that no stone will be left unturned. We are just going to demonstrate true classic fighting that nobody has ever seen. You know me and you know that this is what I do best. I’m grateful to God for giving me this talent. It is my time to shine and no one can stop me,” said Ndafoluma.
The 32-year old started boxing in 2004 before putting away the gloves in 2008 when he chose to study at the University of Namibia. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education (Adult) in 2009, he went back to the ring, still as an amateur and turned professional in 2011.
Ndafoluma has an impressive record of 11 fights with only a single setback while others are straight wins. Had it not been for the lack of opportunities, he said he should be having about 20 fights under his name.
His opponent, whose name has not been loudly amplified in the continental division boasts a record of nine wins, of which seven are via impressive knockout, and three defeats.
“I can beat anyone and my record can show that. I was never pampered with easy opponents. Other boxers are given easy passes and find it difficult when they face the real men at the top. I went to the UK and no one ever thought I could beat a champion. I did it and it shows I’m the real deal. On the night, expect nothing but war.”
“I know little about my opponent except that he is one of those short bodybuilders.
Boxing is not about strength and being all over the place so I’m ready to teach him how to box. I’m going to humiliate him with pure skill and talent.”
Other undercards on the night will see Sakaria Nikodemus facing Fillemon Nghutenyane in a four round Junior Bantamweight bout while boxing prospect Harry Simon Junior will rub shoulders with Lukas Handivele in their Junior Welterweight four rounds clash.
The local stable MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy has teamed up with Kalakoda Promotions for the first time and the partnership starts with a live broadcast of the fight on Kwese Sport. The pioneering partnership will see to stage four to five boxing events per year.

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