Immanuel ‘Imms’ Moses, the trainer and promoter at AC Boxing Academy, says preparations for their upcoming boxing bonanza scheduled for 14 October at Wanderers Sports Field are well underway.
The bonanza will be headlined by the stable’s top prospect and African Boxing Union (ABU) African super featherweight champion, Flame ‘Special One’ Nangolo.
Speaking to New Era Sport yesterday, Moses shared his optimism about the ongoing preparations as they look forward to the event next month.
“Our boxers are all looking good and are in excellent shape. They have been training in the gym seven days a week, so I can confidently say that my boxers are all ready for October 14,” he said.
Initially, Nangolo had set his sights on a showdown with former ABU African champion Nathaniel ‘Natty’ Kakololo.
However, negotiations between the two stables failed to materialise into a fight.
Yesterday, Moses revealed that Nangolo will now face Jona Shikukutu, who has a record of seven fights - three wins, two losses, and two draws.
“I think Shikukutu is a better boxer than Kakololo, so I believe we have secured a good opponent for Flame. I expect this bout to be one of the biggest boxing events, as both boxers have shown what they are capable of,” he said.
Moses revealed that Shikukutu recently won his last bout at the Ongwediva Trade Fair against Sem Matheus from Sunshine Academy, which was very impressive and makes him a boxer who can challenge Nangolo in the ring.
Also speaking to this publication yesterday, Shikukutu talked about his readiness, saying he is prepared and is continuing to sharpen his skills ahead of their main bout next month.
“I know the guy I am going to face; I have watched him fight, and I can say he is a good boxer. But I am telling you now that it will be a great bout, and I will come out victorious. He is good at dodging punches, but I promise you that once I get to him, they are in for a disappointment,” Shikukutu said.
In the main supporting bout of the night, Hafeni Ngesheya will square off against David Shinuna in a national super featherweight bout, while in the junior welterweight title, Robert Ndalelwa will face Ndamanguluka Nghifikwa. Ryan Rispel will then go toe-to-toe against Sakaria Kandjambanga in the lightweight category, while in the junior welterweight category, Usko Rehabeam will exchange blows with Jony Luis.
Tickets are priced at N$200, while a table for 10 is available for N$10 000.