Boxing promoter's court case stalled

30 January 2018 | Justice

The 2016 unified WBO/ IBO Super Bantamweight World title bout between Namibian boxer Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda and Moises Flores of Mexico, has landed up in the Windhoek High Court but is stalled to date.

Another status hearing was postponed yesterday.

The bone of contention is the failure of Nestor Tobias of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy, to pay US$14 200 in sanctioning and registration fees for the bout. According to the plaintiff in the matter, the International Boxing Organisation (IBO), who is suing for that amount, agreements were reached between the IBO and Tobias between April and May 2016.

The bout was to be arranged and promoted by Tobias which was duly done and the fight took place on 11 June 2016.

The IBO, in May of that year, issued an invoice to the amount of US$15 200 (roughly N$182 000 at the current exchange rate) of which Tobias only paid US$1 000 on the day of the fight.

The summons was issued by the IBO's local lawyers PF Koep and Company in February 2017 and Tobias, through his counsel Mbushandje Ntinda on 31 March last year indicated they would file a defence to the action.

In the meanwhile, there was an application for a joinder that Tobias' academy be listed as a second defendant.

This was done according to the rules of the court and the IBO then moved for a default judgement in the amount of US$14 200 since the academy had not filed a notice of intention to defend the matter.

Several other delays followed and currently, the latest return of service did not comply with the rules of the court and thus, the postponement was granted yesterday.

YANNA SMITH

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