Jarmann not fazed by fame

03 June 2020 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK



If ever there was a boxer who wasn't fazed by fame, it is Anthony Jarmann.

Born and bred in the capital, Jarmann said fame and everything that comes with it are fleeting, and that his focus is to fulfil the plans God has for him.

This he said in response to questions on why he doesn't turn to well-known boxing stables in the country to advance his career, as his talent clearly speaks for itself.

The 36-year-old fighter said he wants to his talent the way God intended him to.



Strong faith, stronger fists

“It is all connected to the gifts He gave me, so I want to make the most of it while I can in order to please him,” he said.

“I will fight where I currently find myself and only hang up my gloves when the fire in me is gone.” That, he said, won't be any time soon.



In good company

On not planning to retire soon despite growing older, Jarmann referenced American boxer Bernard Hopkins, who was 49 when he won a world title. He remained active until the age of 52.

“When Mike Tyson was 35, he was done. He said that he didn't have it in him to fight any more. So, it's different strokes for different boxers,” Jarmann added.



What's next

Seeing him fight more and staying in the business longer is as much Jarmann's wish as it is his fans'. However, with the coronavirus pandemic which has seen contact sport banned for two months and counting, fans will have to wait a little longer before the Namibian steps back into the ring.

The fighter's last bout was last August at MTC Salute Boxing Academy's Clash of the Titans boxing bonanza, where he beat Malawian Simeon Tcheta by a unanimous decision. Jarmann dominated the fight, showing why opponents should not underestimate him, and walked away with the middleweight title.



Future plans shaping up

They say you are only as good as your last fight, and Jarmann agrees.

He said he has been training to keep fit and will face any opponent when the time arises, but declined to call anyone specific out. “Covid-19 has left a dent in a lot of our plans, but it also accorded me the opportunity to reflect. I'm looking at ways to improve on all levels and this also gave me time to analyse opponents I could fight and obviously ways on defeating them,” he said.

“Each time I step into the ring, I want to be a better fighter than before, so I keep studying boxing.”

The fighter has a record of 20 fights, 16 wins, three losses and one draw.



Wise words

He is currently part of the Bright Warriors Boxing Club, where he is trained by Corporal Edmunde Mandongo.

Jarmann said he attributes his success to Jacob 'Mistake' Gariseb, who taught him how to fight. The fighter added that he is blessed to have supportive boxing brothers. Though he sometimes feels he has been treated unfairly, he remains positive.

“I don't like to complain. I believe in hard work. Sometimes people would say the best boxers come from this tribe or that, but I just focus on my goals.”

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