Namibia’s leading boxing promoter Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias has shared the line-up of his top-10 local boxers, ranking them pound for pound from top to bottom.
In his statement, Tobias admitted that any pound for pound list will always spark debate because every promoter or boxer wants to make the list. However, he explains his list was guided by five key criteria that are also used by Boxingscene and Ring Magazine when selecting their pound for pound list. The criteria are as follows:
- Achievement based on titles won.
- Their resume and quality of opponents fought and the location of the fight.
- Performance and how they won and lost fights.
- Activity level, which means how often they fought or fought at the top level and opposition.
- Active fighters: these are boxers who are still actively fighting every four to six months.
Tobias’ top-10 pound for pound is as follow:
At number one is Jeremia ‘Low Key’ Nakathila, who is promoted by the MTC Sunshine Promotions.
He is the former WBO Africa and Global champion.
In 2021, he fought one of the world’s best-rated boxers, who is now a pound for pound fighter Shakur Stevenson in Las Vegas, and returned to Vegas this year to convincingly beat Miguel Berchelt.
Nakathila is undoubtedly in a league of his own, and has made a name for himself in Las Vegas, with bigger fights soon coming his way.
At number two is Fillipus ‘Energy’ Nghitumbwa, promoted by the MTC Sunshine Promotions.
Energy is the current WBO Global Super Bantamweight champion and a top 15 rated boxer by the WBO.
He is without a doubt a rising star and a beast in the ring, who is set to become Namibia’s next world champion if he remains disciplined and loyal to his boxing craft.
At number three is Sakarias ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas, promoted by AC Boxing and Global Boxing Stars.
Lukas, although inactive for almost two years, has come back strongly and recently fought to a surprise draw against Tugstogt Nyambayar from Mongolia.
His performance proved he remains a force to be reckoned with in the featherweight division.
In fourth place is Paulinus ‘John John’ Ndjolonimu, who is promoted by the MTC Sunshine Promotions.
He remains unbeaten in the super middleweight division and is rated in the top 15 by the WBO.
His power continues to prove too strong for his opponents and will soon earn a big fight.
At number five is Charles Shinima, who is promoted by the MTC Sunshine Promotions.
He is rated in the top 15 by the WBO in the welterweight division, and his last spectacular knockout win against South Africa’s Mziwoxolo Ndwayana has the potential to be a top contender for the Knockout of the Year award for 2022.
He remains undefeated with a bright future ahead of him.
In sixth place is Nathanael ‘Natty’ Kakololo, who is promoted by the MTC Salute Promotions. Kakololo is the former ABU featherweight champion, and he bounced back professionally from two successive losses in Russia and is now back on winning ways.
His last fight was a unanimous decision win over Romeo Makwakwa from Malawi, and his fighting style continues to impress.
In number seven is Immanuel ‘Imms’ Joseph, promoted by the MTC Salute Promotions.
He is the reigning WBO Africa flyweight champion and remains undefeated in his last five fights.
He showed guts and determination when he went all the way to Eastern Cape, South Africa, to win the vacant WBO title under intimidating circumstances.
At number eight is the exciting Harry Simon Jr, formerly promoted by MTC Sunshine Promotions, and now promoted by an American Promoter, whose name is not known to us.
The young Simon remains undefeated and is yet to live up to the great expectations the boxing public has of him.
In ninth spot is Jonas Matheus, promoted by MTC Salute Promotions. Matheus plies his trade in the bantamweight division and remains a strong and exciting boxer to watch.
He is due to fight Mateus Heita this month, which will make a mouth-watering local encounter.
In 10th place is Mateus Heita, promoted by MTC Sunshine Promotions.
He is the current WBA Pan Africa super bantamweight champion.
He is undefeated and has an incredibly high boxing intelligence – and most definitely a star to watch for the future.
To do justice to Namibian boxing in general, Tobias also named his top 5 boxing prospects, who are generally defined as young fighters under the age of 25 with less than 20 professional fights and have never fought for a world title but have great potential to become stars in the near future.
His top 5 prospects are as follows:
1. Martin Mukungu, promoted by MTC Sunshine Promotions. He is the national featherweight champion.
2. Fredricks Nghutenanye, promoted by MTC Sunshine Promotions.
3. Flame Nangolo, promoted by AC Boxing. He is the national Jr lightweight champion and exciting talent to watch.
4. Nestor Thomas, promoted by MTC Sunshine Promotions.
5. Fillemon Nghutenanye, promoted by MTC Salute Promotions.