Junias to face Garside

28 July 2021 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK

The men’s lightweight round of 16 will feature Namibian boxer Jonas Junias, who will go up against Australia’s Harry Garside on Saturday at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The 27-year-old Junias is ranked among the top two in the category and hence received a bye.

One of Namibia’s flag bearers at the Games, the boxer also represented Namibia in 2016 at the Rio Olympic Games. He competed in the men's light welterweight class at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He was defeated by Hassan Amzile of France in the round of 32.

Tricky test up next

This time around, the Namibian has a point to prove and has been hard at work, putting final touches to his preparation. His opponent, 24-year-old Garside who blends ballet into his boxing training, will be a tricky one to beat.

He started the Olympic campaign with a unanimous points victory over Papua New Guinea's John Ume. This feat which some fans like former boxer Bernard Kamatoto, believes will not continue after Jonas is through with him.

“Jonas is a fighter with excellent technical skills. He is the best in the 57 kg – 63 kg category at the Games. He is very solid technically in his weight at Olympics, no one is in his class. His movement is exceptional and he uses his speed and avoids punches. His left and right jab can keep his opponents off balance and could also hurt them. Junias has all the punches, but his best may be his straight right that he can throw at any time.

“Most fighters at the Olympics will set up the hard right with a left jab, but Jonas is not forced to follow that pattern. He can beat an opponent with his speed and movement, but he can also hurt opponents with his power as well. He is my favourite to win a gold medal,” added Kamatoto.