'Caramel' guns for title

Zoltan 'Caramel' Kovacs arrived yesterday and is set to battle it out with Jeremiah 'Low-key' Nakathila at the Windhoek Country Club Resort on Saturday.

16 April 2019 | Sports

Namibians are just days away from an electrifying night of boxing in Windhoek, hosted by the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy.

Former European champion Zoltan 'Caramel' Kovacs says he is ready to take home the WBO global lightweight title, when he steps into the ring with WBO Africa junior lightweight champion Jeremiah 'Low-key' Nakathila on Saturday.

Kovacs arrived yesterday and is set to battle it out with Nakathila at the Windhoek Country Club Resort on Saturday.

“I hear Nakathila is improving, but I have also been improving and I came here with the aim to win the title.

“I am sure I will handle the speed and power of Nakathila, because I have seen his fights,” Kovacs said.

The Kovacs camp explained their boxer, who is rated among the top 15 in the division, could have had a better ranking, if it was not for an injury that left him inactive for months.

The camp would not reveal the nature of the injury, but confirmed that Kovacs has recovered well, given that he has won three of his last fights.

Nakathila will go into the bout with a record of 18 fights, 17 wins and one defeat, while Zoltan boasts a record of 23 wins, five losses and one draw. The event, dubbed 'Independence Legacy Fight Part 2', will see several other top fighters in action.

Current WBO Africa welterweight champion, Mike Shonena, will defend his title against Shadrack Ignas of Tanzania

Shonena will go into the fight undefeated and full of confidence, as he is now rated number seven in the world by the WBO.

Harry Simon Junior has also been given an opportunity to fight for a national title. He will challenge Andreas Nghinananye for the national junior welterweight title.

Fight night will also see the 2018 WBO Africa fighter of the year, Walter 'Executioner' Kautondokwa. Tickets are available at Computicket at all Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide. VIP tables are selling for N$10 000 per table and standard tickets cost N$200.

MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy promoter, Nestor Tobias, said he is proud to host such an important event.

“This is a card involving two world-rated boxers, and for me as a promoter, it is an achievement.

“Hopefully the winner of this fight will get a chance to become a mandatory challenger for the world title,” Tobias said.

The undercard fights will kick off at 18:00.

Tobias called on all boxing lovers to come and support their favourite fighters.

The other fights on the card are as follows:

1. Welterweight six rounds - Emmanuel Mungandjela (Namibia) vs TBA.

2. Featherweight six rounds - Onesmus Nekundi (Namibia) vs Lazarus Namalambo (Namibia).

3. Super bantamweight six rounds - Timoteus 'Remember' Shuulula (Namibia) vs Niikoti Johannes (Namibia).

4. Middleweight eight rounds - Paulinus Paulus (Namibia) vs Limbani Masamba (Malawi).

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

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