We move - Jonas

End of Olympic road

02 August 2021 | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa







Namibian boxer Jonas Junias Jonas has hinted at a move towards professional boxing after his Olympic quarter-final exit.

Having enjoyed a successful boxing career, it appears as if the Namibian has finally decided to go professional following his 5-0 defeat at the hands of Australian boxer Harry Garside on Saturday.

Many Namibians had hoped Jonas would repeat his 2018 Commonwealth games heroics and win gold. In fact, boxing enthusiasts had tipped Jonas to be the Namibian with the best chance of scooping a medal for the country.

Garside, however, had other plans after dominating Jonas from the first to the last round.

The defeat prompted Jonas to post a message on social media in which he speaks about moving on.

“That marks the end of amateur boxing. We are moving on,” he wrote on his personal Instagram account.

He became the fifth Namibian to bow out of the Olympics without a medal by Saturday evening, following Michelle Vorster, Viera Looser, Alex Miller and Maike Diekmann.

Promising

Jonas was born in Swakopmund 27 years ago and attended Vrederede Primary, Atlantic Junior Secondary and SI Gobs Secondary schools.

He rose to fame in 2014 after winning a silver medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Jonas went on to claim another silver medal at Brazzaville African Games in 2014 before earning a gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

In 2019, the talented boxer won a bronze medal at the Africa Games before heading to Tokyo 2020.

Jonas’ illustrious amateur career has been tainted with controversy after an alleged attempted rape case, which saw him getting arrested at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and another assault case at Swakopmund this year.

Many have, however, described him as one of the most talented amateur boxers to come out of Namibia.

“Your contributions to Namibian sports will never be erased. All the best, Namibian champion,” Rebeka libongans responded to Junias’ Instagram post.