Salute Academy brings boxing to Rundu during “Kavango River Fray”

Musa Zimunya

WINDHOEK, FEB 8 – After securing sponsorship from Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), Namibia’s fledgling boxing stable Salute Boxing Academy (SBA) will take boxing to the north eastern town of Rundu, in the Kavango East region, highlighting a first for the town as it hosts a boxing bonanza coined “The Kavango River Fray” on 30 March.

During a press briefing on Thursday, MTC public relations officer John Ekongo said social investment is key and necessary in a country with burgeoning boxers.

“Progress is through social investment. The young people need support and that is the most relevant point I have to highlight.”

The Kavango River Fray is the first Pro Boxing Tournament in Kavango East in the town of Rundu and a number of boxers from the region will make their professional debuts.

Jonas Mattheus – the current holder of the IBO Bantamweight title will hope to mount a successful defense of his title – and will participate in the main event though the organisers were tight-lipped with regard to whom his opponent will be.

Mattheus represented Namibia during the London 2012 Olympics, and has developed a 11 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeat record in his professional career.

Meanwhile, the boxing academy also announced that another boxer within their stable, Sebastian Nathaniel, will face-off against South African Sibusiso Zingange in Pretoria for the WBA Pan African Featherweight Title on February 15. –