Tobias names top 10 prospects

Prominent promoter looks at the best upcoming boxing prospects in Namibia.

29 April 2020 | Sports



Owner of well-known boxing stable MTC Sunshine Promotions, Nestor Tobias said local boxing is in good hands. He names his top 10 upcoming fighters.

Harry Simon Jr

Simon competes in the junior welterweight division and is currently unbeaten in 11 fights. “He shows powerful boxing ability, and shows all the signs of a world-class fighter,” Tobias said.

Simon is scheduled to fight for the WBA Pan African and IBF International titles in South Africa.

Philippe 'Energy' Nghitumbwa

Fighting in the super bantamweight division, Nghitumbwa is “powerful” and “a joy to watch”. “He loves to exchange and engage and that's where he got his nickname from,” Tobias said.

Boasting nine fights with eight wins and one loss, he is ready for a continental title.

Paulus 'John John' Paulinus

Unbeaten in 10 fights, middleweight boxer Paulinus was meant to fight for a continental title, but his last three opponents failed their medical test.

“He is highly disciplined and will no doubt make a name for himself,” Tobias said.

Charles Shinima

Shinima competes in the junior middleweight division and remains unbeaten after 10 fights. “His strength is his amazing power. He is certainly ready to fight for a continental title,” the promoter said.

Fillemon Nghitenanye

Unbeaten in five fights, junior bantamweight boxer Nghitenanye is a “natural southpaw who can switch to orthodox as well, which is rare in any boxer”.

Martin Mukungu

Mukungu competes in the bantamweight division and has a record of six unbeaten fights.

“Although he is not a big puncher, he is only 20 years old and has great boxing IQ. His strength is in his ability to move around the ring,” Tobias mentioned.

Philip Shanika

With “good reach and incredible power in both hands”, Shanika boxes in the super bantamweight division and remains unbeaten in five fights. “His uppercut makes him a dangerous fighter,” Tobias said.

Michael Bernhard

Previously a welterweight fighter, lightweight boxer Bernhard has a national title under his belt. According to Tobias, “he is a good boxer with great strength”.

Lazarus Shaaningwa

Competing in the junior lightweight division, Shaaningwa “was a good amateur and a national champion”. Undefeated in six fights, Tobias lauded him as “a southpaw who can switch direction”, making the fighter “tricky and dangerous”.

Flaime Nangolo

Nangolo has natural love for boxing and has been training since the age of 12. “He is smart, manages the ring well and is a star to watch for the future,” the promoter said.

Special mentions

According to Tobias, Paulus Amavila, Nathanael Heita, Abed Shikongo and Sam Mathews all deserve special mentions “because they also have great potential if they continue to work hard”. “This list is not meant to discourage any upcoming boxer. We want you to be encouraged to make the list next time, therefore continue working hard and remain disciplined and focused because all boxers are special in their own ways,” Tobias said.

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