WINDHOEK, 13 APR – Immanuel ‘Imms’ Paulus launched his African Connection (AC) Boxing Sports and Entertainment Gymnasium on Thursday in Windhoek.
Paulus who has worked with former world champions Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo and Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, said he opened the gym to empower boxers and improve their working conditions.
“AC Boxing gym is for all boxers and trainers to utilise at any time. We will put the boxers first, we are creating a platform for trainers and fighters to work in a conducive environment,” Paulus said.
He said they already have four trainers and 20 registered young boxers, while several professional boxers are being accommodated on a contract basis. Boxers will also be allowed to bring their own trainers to use the facilities.
The experienced boxing coach who is also a match maker, added that public members are welcome to use the gym for their fitness.
Furthermore, there will be a boxing management service run by Knowledge Ipinge.
This division offers career development, preparing boxers for life after boxing, creating and marketing boxers’ profiles, and sourcing endorsements and sponsorship opportunities for boxers.
Speaking at the same occasion, chairperson of the Namibia Professional Wrestling and Boxing Control Board Ellison Hijarunguru said Paulus coming up with a facility of that quality was a welcome development.
“It is good to have this kind of facility in our country to develop talents. We salute Paulus for this task. You have to have a quality boxing gym to develop talent before creating a world champion.”
Hijarunguru added that as a controlling body, they would offer support to any individual willing to improve the sport in the country.
Until last year, Paulus was working as a boxing trainer for the Nestor Tobias Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy.
Paulus has been involved in boxing for the last 17 years and also has the only boxing show on radio in Africa, on a local private station.