WINDHOEK, 24 JUL – The Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy and Kalakoda Productions officially launched the third instalment of the Desert Rumble event in Windhoek on Tuesday.
The boxing bonanza, which will be headlined by an encounter between Jeremiah Nakathila and Crispin Moliati from Malawi, will see five bouts taking place on 03 August 2018 at the Dome in Swakopmund.
Nakathila and Moliati will square off for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Super Featherweight title over 12 rounds.
Speaking during the launch, Nestor Tobias, the promoter of the event said they opted to have five fights on the night as the bouts will be televised live on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation through Kwesé Sports Television.
“There will be three titles on offer on the evening. We will be working with Kalakoda for the first time and it is a relationship we would like to keep in future. In our next engagement, we will have the top five on television, while we will have a lot of undercards during the bonanza,” Tobias said.
On his part, Nakathila said he was honoured to be the headliner of the event, expressing his readiness for the occasion.
“Every fight is big for me. I prepared well and I am waiting for Crispin to arrive. I want to showcase classic boxing,” he said.
Moliati fought against Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses in April last year and lost via a technical knockout in the seventh round.
The title Moliati and Nakathila will contest became vacant after Vasyl Lomachenko moved up to the lightweight division.
Nakathila holds a record of 16 fights, with 15 wins (11 via knockout) and a solitary loss.
Moliati, on the other hand, boasts a record of 34 bouts with 22 wins (10 via knockout), eight losses (two via knockout) and four draws.
One of the supporting acts act on the night, Lukas Ndafoluma, also declared his readiness for his clash with Jimmy Mabundji from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“I cannot wait for the fight. I have prepared well. I want to display my talent in boxing, as this is the only sport that I have known all my life,” Ndafoluma said.
Ndafoluma and Mabundji will be contesting the World Boxing Federation African Super Middleweight Title.
Ndafoluma has fought 13 times, winning 11, losing one and recording one non-contest. His counterpart has fought 12 times, winning nine times and losing the remaining three.