Peri-Peri calls out The Rock, Prince

17 September 2020 | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa


MTC Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy fighter Sam ‘Peri-Peri’ Matheus says he wants to fight the top boxers in his division before he moves to featherweight.

The super bantamweight boxer currently has seven fights with five wins, one defeat and a draw to his name.

The 26-year-old boxer said he has always dreamt of fighting the big guns since he developed a love for sport.

“I know I have the best promoter who will make sure that I develop and become one of the best in the country,” he said.

‘I will become a champion’

“It’s still early years in my career but I know that I will become a great champion if I put my mind to it.

“I want to fight guys like Immanuel ‘Prince’ Naidjala, Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda or Jonas Matheus,” Peri-Peri said.

The fighter is confident he will be able to beat anyone in the super bantamweight division at the moment.

Having been part Nestor Tobias’ academy for quite some time, he has trained alongside top boxers like Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, Willbeforce Shihepo and Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses.

“After I am done with the guys in my division, I will then want to challenge the likes of Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas in the featherweight division,” he said.

‘Strong enough to challenge anyone’

“I have gained proper experience and coaching from many of the top guys and that is why I feel strong enough to challenge anyone,” Peri-Peri said.

The Grootfontein native said he developed a love for the sport when he was a child.

His first step towards achieving what many would call an impossible dream, given the number of talented boxers around the world, came in 2013 when he joined the academy.

‘He needs time to grow’

Tobias spoke highly of the boxer, but admitted it will take time before he can challenge the big guns.

“It is always good for a boxer to have ambitions and I am sure he will get to be a top boxer with time.

“He is talented, but I do not think now is the right time to throw him in the den against the experienced fighters.

“That is why I believe he needs time to grow.

“It took me nine years to bring the guys like Hitman to a top level, and that is why it always important to take it easy as far as choosing opponents for the young guys is concerned,” the promoter said.

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