Kamanya defends IBO

Kiriata Kamanya of the Salute Boxing Academy says his boxers will continue to vie for IBO titles.

12 February 2019 | Sports

Salute Boxing Academy boss Kiriata Kamanya says the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) sanctioning body is authentic and legitimate.

Jonas Matheus, from the stable, will defend his IBO bantamweight international title against an opponent who will be announced at a later stage during 'The Kavango River Fray', slated for 30 March at Rundu.

Kamanya has hit out at detractors who have said that the IBO is not a worthy boxing organisation.

Without mentioning anyone's name, Kamanya said he feels that some people are jealous of the progress his stable has made over the past couple of years.

“These are just people trying to tarnish our name because the IBO is indeed a legitimate organisation.

“Many people, including big names in Namibia and outside, have been fighting for the IBO for many years.

“Our boxer (Matheus) has been doing great and will be fighting for the IBO, because we feel it is a legitimate organisation which has produced world-class boxers,” Kamanya said.

His comments come in the wake of an announcement that Jeremiah 'Low-Key' Nakathila and his promoter Nestor Tobias have turned down an opportunity to fight for the IBO junior lightweight world title. Tobias revealed that they were presented with an opportunity to fight for the IBO world title, but turned it down as their focus is limited to the top-four boxing sanctioning bodies only, the WBO, WBC, IBF and WBA.

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