Namibia’s Paulus Moses, a former WBO lightweight champion, retained his WBO Africa lightweight title when he stopped the gutsy Crispine Moliati from Malawi in the seventh round at the Ramatex Hall in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday night.

Moses’ original opponent Benoit Vela from the DRC was withdrawn at the last minute after failing a medical test. Promoter Nestor Tobias then brought in Moliati, who used his jab from the opening round and stood toe-to-toe with Moses through the first six rounds.

However, the more experienced Moses, 38, proved too good for the Malawian, piling up the points with his educated left jab and in the seventh round he dropped Moliati, 27, with a right hook.

He managed to beat the count but was in no condition to continue as the referee waved the fight off at 40 seconds into the round.

In a night of WBO title fights Siboniso Ngonya from South Africa outpointed Immanuel Naidjala of Namibia over 12 rounds to claim the WBO Intercontinental lightweight title. The scores were 116-109, 115-110 and 113-112.

Namibia’s Sakaria Lucas outpointed Oscar Chauke from South Africa to retain his WBO Africa featherweight title. The scores were 118-109, 117-110 twice.

Walter Kautondowka retained his WBO Africa middleweight title when he stopped Med Sebyala from Uganda in the tenth round.

Other results:
Junior welterweight: Jermiah Nakathila beat Varde Ndayambekwa, tko 1
Welterweight: Immanuel Kamungandjela beat Limbani Masamba, pts 6
Welterweight: Mike Shonena beat Chikondi Makawa, pts 6
Welterweight: Ebenestus Kaangundue beat Charles Misanjo, pts 6
Junior featherweight: Timoteus Shiluula beat Tinashe Mutodza, tko 4
Bantamweight: Andreas Amupolo beat Jafet Amukwaya, ko 2

Boxing development.preview


Having been crowned the Best Boxing Academy in Africa by the World Boxing Organization Convention a few days ago, the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy went a step further by taking boxing to the youth when they held a Youth Development Boxing Day at the UN Plaza in Katutura.

The UN Plaza in Katutura was the place to be for young aspiring boxers when they finally got the opportunity to step into a real ring to showcase their boxing skills.

The MTC Youth Development Tournament was organized by the best boxing Academy in Africa, the MTC Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy and it was attended by children accompanied by their parents who became their fans throughout the day.

The event started as early as 15h00 showcasing 24 bouts where 48 juniors between the ages of 12-17 years competed. The juniors were cheered on by a good boxing crowd which included their parents and family making this a perfect family outing for the youth.

An excited Nestor Tobias, who was recently also crowned the Best Boxing Promoter in Africa by the WBO said that the event was a resounding success and part of its mandate to take boxing not only to all corners of Namibia at all levels (professional and amateur), but also to extend this platform to the youth to inspire them to become world champions one day.

“Boxing is a very successful sport and has become one of the biggest sporting codes worldwide and we therefore need to inspire our future world champions from an early age,” Tobias said.

“We made a firm commitment to our sponsor MTC that we will put key emphasis on grassroots development and this initiative was part of many more to come,” he added.

To add excitement to the line-up, there were also 15 bouts in total with 30 senior boxers battling it out in the ring, with all boxing clubs in the Khomas region, including Nampol and the NDF participating.

“The juniors were released at about 20h30 because boxing is a very disciplined sport and we therefore need to act responsibly when dealing with the youth. We also made sure that their bouts take place in very good conditions so that they don’t hurt each other, and they were therefore protected,” Tobias said.

“The MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy is preparing for the biggest fight of the year taking place on the 5 October at Ramatex with Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses taking on Leonardo Gonzalez from Argentina and boxing fans are therefore encouraged to buy their tickets from Computicket well in advance,” Tobias added.


By Ron Jackson

Paulus Ambunda is not afraid to go to the Philippines to defend his WBO bantamweight title. And he is unconcerned about taking on a member of the rough-and-ready Kameda family. The Namibian will make a voluntary defence of his belt when he fights Tomoki Kameda in Cebu on August 1. Known as The Rock, Ambunda knows he is in for a battle against the Japanese challenger, who is undefeated after 27 professional fights and has won 18 of them inside the distance.

The 32-year-old champion is unbeaten after 20 fights; half of them ending in short-cut victories. He won the title when he beat Pungluang Sor Singyu on points in Windhoek on March 2 this year.

His trainer, Nestor Tobias, is as confident as Ambunda is. He believes Ambunda’s training has gone well and the champion is fit and well prepared.

With the fight being held in a “neutral” city and with neutral officials in charge, Tobias feels Ambunda’s skills will enable him to retain his title. The Namibians fly to the Philippines on July 21.

Tobias has been chosen as best trainer and promoter in Africa and Ambunda as African boxer of the year, as well as Namibian sportsman of the year.

Kameda, a 22-year-old member of a famous boxing family from Tokyo, has been fighting and training in Mexico so often that he is known as Little Mexican. His brother Koki has held the WBA and WBC flyweight titles and the other brother, Daiki, now holds the WBA belt in the same division.
The brothers, and their father, Shiro, have received some bad publicity but there is no doubt about their boxing ability. Tomoki has been a professional for more than four and a half years.

He won the vacant NABF bantamweight title in February 2011 when he beat German Meraz on points in Mexico. In April last year he won the vacant WBC silver bantamweight title by stopping Jairo Hernandez in the tenth round, also in Mexico. Since then, he has beat Monico Laurente on points, stopped Javier Franco in the fifth round, Ray Las Pinas in the fourth and Nouldy Mankane in the sixth.


WINDHOEK – Following his trouncing of Thailand’s Pungluang Sor Singyu to become Namibia’s 3rd world champion, undisputed World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight world champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda will on August 4 make his first title defence when he squares off against Japanese boxer Tomoki Kameda, in the Philippines City of Cebu.

Under normal circumstances, Ambunda should only be obliged to fight a mandatory fight after nine months from the date of winning the world title but his promoter Nestor Tobias said they have accepted the challenge from the Japanese camp because Ambunda is in good shape and hungry for more success.

Tobias said both camps have agreed on a neutral venue, so that also gives Ambunda more room to successfully defend his first title fight. “We would have loved to stage his first title defence fight in Namibia but unfortunately due to lack of funds, we have to fight away from home but luckily it’s a neutral venue. We expect a very tough fight, but we are confident to retain this world title not only for now but for a very long time to come,” said Tobias.

“We have received a number of offers from across the world to fight  Ambunda and have considered them all but opted for the best quality fighter, who is Kameda,” he added.

Kameda, 22, is the current reigning WBC silver champion and rated number 4 in the world under the WBC and number 6 in the world under the WBO. He is an undefeated Japanese Mexican boxer, who is also the current WBC FECARBOX, WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation bantamweight and WBC youth world super bantamweight champion.

He hails from a rich boxing family and is a brother to Koko Kameda who is the current WBA and WBC bantamweight champion and also to Daiki Kameda who is the current WBA flyweight champion

“We however wish to ensure that Namibians watch this fight live and we are in negotiations with NBC TV to buy rights for Namibia so that our fans don’t miss this fight. We at MTC Nestor Sunshine Academy would also like to invite all Namibians to contact any travel agency to book their tickets and accompany us to the Philippines to support The Rock,” concluded Tobias.—–grabber-slated-for-Cebu

WINDHOEK – Africa’s award-winning boxing promoter, Nestor Tobias, is an angry man in the wake of World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa lightweight champion Martin “Black Poison” Haikali’s controversial defeat to Samuel Amoako.

Haikali surrendered his belt following his defeat on points against the Ghanaian challenger after a local referee adjudged the Namibian to have thrown an illegal punch at his opponent after the bell had gone. The trigger-happy Ghanaian referee ordered the judges to deduct a point from Haikali.

The forfeited point  proved decisive as the defending champion eventually lost on points with two Ghanaian judges giving the score in favour of Amoako.

The scorecard read: (112 – 118) and (113–114)). A neutral judge from Mali ruled a stalemate (113-113) – thus giving the challenger a majority decision.

Tobias, who did not accompany his boxer to the Ghanaian capital Accra, is fuming and believes Haikali could have retained the belt had the referee not erred.

“The referee made a grave mistake because he (Haikali) was in full motion peppering his opponent with a combination of punches when suddenly the bell rang. The referee had no business ordering a point to be sliced off, let alone caution the boxer,” fumed Tobias.

Tobias says if that point had stood, Haikali could have been declared the winner by virtue of being the defending champion with the scorecard reading: 113-118, 114 –113 and 114-114.

“These sorts of hometown decisions are seriously hampering the progress of professional boxing on the African continent and unless something is done to remedy this nasty practice – boxing will die a natural death in Africa”

Haikali had previously beaten the Ghanaian in Accra on points in defence of his title and had defended the belt he won in 2009, successfully on no less than five occasions. His record now stands at 10 wins, 5 losses with three stoppages from 15 bouts in the paid ranks.

The fight was the main supporting bout for the WBO Africa light heavyweight Braimah Kamoko title defence against Homza Wandera, at the International Conference Centre in Accra, last Saturday. Kamoko retained the belt.

“We humbly requested the promoters to appoint neutral judges because we knew we were not going to get a fair deal from the Ghanaian judges, but the promoters were steadfast that it would be too costly to fly in judges from other countries,” added a furious Tobias.


Story by Carlos Kambaekwa


Vikapita “The Beastmaster” Meroro will return to the ring after a long absence on December 3 when he faces off against Victor Moyo of Zimbabwe in a light heavyweight international bout at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort.

Meroro last fought in June when he lost to Braimah Kamoko of Ghana by unanimous decision in Accra, Ghana.

Before that, he had lost his WBO Africa light heavyweight title when he went down to Isaac Chilemba from Malawi in South Africa in March by unanimous decision.

“I know that if I hadn’t lost those two fights I would have been world champion by now,” Meroro said.

“Now I know I have to make sure I get back into the world rankings by winning my next fights starting with this next one in December,” he added.

Meroro has a record of 23 fights with three defeats. His Zimbabwean opponent has a record of 11 fights with six wins and five losses.

Meroro and Moyo fought each other before in 2009 in Windhoek and Meroro emerged as the winner with a second round knock out.

The bout will be over eight rounds.

The main fight of the night will see Betuel “Tyson” Uushona go up against South African Michael Sangweni in a 10 round welterweight international bout.

Event promoter, Nestor Tobias, said after Uushona’s last fight he needed to get back into the ring.

“Tyson fought recently but that fight was stopped and recorded as a draw, so I decided to give him another fight since he had trained hard for a fight,” Tobias said.

His fight against Francis Gakpetor was controversially stopped in the second round when the referee said Uushona had head butted his opponent.

“I am looking forward to stepping in the ring again especially after what happened at my last fight,” Uushona said.

“The whole fight was ruined by the official, but I don’t want to dwell on that and I will focus on the next fight,” he added.

Uushona has a record of 27 fights, one loss and one draw while Sangweni has a record of 17 fights with 11 wins.

On the same evening, Immanuel “The Prince” Naidjala (11f 11w) will step into the ring in an eight round bout against Zimbabwean Brighton Zhande (7f 6w 1l).

Naidjala, who is the WBO Africa interim bantamweight titleholder last fought in September against Emmanuel Simbaye and he won with a fifth round knock out in Windhoek.

In other fights, Peter Malakia (15f 10w 3l 2d) will fight against Silas Mandeya (11f 5w 6l) from Zimbabwe in a four round lightweight bout.

David Egumbo (2f 2l) will fight fellow Namibian Costa Costa (2f 2l) in a four round featherweight bout.

Philemon Kanime (2f 2l) will face off against Jason Mashela (pro debut) who is also from Namibia. The junior welterweight bout will be fought over four rounds.

Lazarus Namalambo (2f 2w) will take on Elikana Kalenga (3f 2w 1l) in a four round featherweight fight.

Elias Nashivela will make his pro debut against Thomas Shangula (1f 1l) in a catchweight fight over four rounds in the first fight of the evening.

WBO Convention News

I have just returned from the WBO Annual Convention in Puerto Rico – held in beautiful San Juan (24th-29th October)…In between taking care of business – it was good meeting with old friends and making new acquaintances.  The Convention was dedicated to founding President – Dr Luis Batista Salas who together with other flag bearers over the years – including current president Francisco Valcarcel – have established an organization which lives by its principles of dignity, honesty and democracy…

During the Convention, tribute was also paid to all the great Puerto Rican champions over the years…In attendance – were the current crop of champions – as well as champions of old.  The most colourful being Hector ‘Macho Man’ Camacho…

All the reports submitted during the Convention, points to an organization with solid leadership, that is financially sound, that is growing in stature and that is entrenching itself as one of the foremost sanctioning bodies in the world.



Sadly not all African delegates who expressed an interest to attend – were able to attend. Deon Dwarte (South African boxing referee and judge) – was the only other South African in attendance.  Other notable Africans in attendance was big Ola Afolabi – the Nigerian Cruiserweight – who is currently Nr.1 in the Junior Heavyweight division…

There is no doubt that the WBO Africa title is the most contested on the continent in comparison with other African continental belts on the continent.  The WBO Africa title has been contested 22 times this year alone in Namibia, Ghana and France…All the other organizations together – could only muster 7 in total…Enough said!!

History was also made earlier this year – when Carlos Takam of Cameroon (23-1-0) fought Gbenga Oloukun of Nigeria (19-6-0) for the WBO Africa Heavyweight title in Paris, France…

Currently there are 14 WBO Africa champions:

Division Name Fight Record Country World Ranking
Heavy Carlos Takam




Light Heavy Braimah Kamoko




Super Middle Wilberforce Shihepo




Middle Kojo Issah



Not ranked

Middle – Interim Laatekwei Hammond




Welter Samuel Colomban




Welter – Interim Bethuel Uushona




Light Martin Haikali



Not ranked

Light – Interim Sarfo Tyson




Junior Light Maxwell Awuku




Jnr Light – Interim Osumana Akaba



Not ranked

Junior Feather Alfred Tetteh




Bantam Paulus Ambunda




Bantam – Interim Immanuel Naindjala






WBO ARICA AWARDS @ The convention

WBO Africa Promoter of the Year – was awarded to Nestor Tobias of Namibia for the 2nd year in succession. Nestor has staged 4 shows this year alone involving 8 WBO Africa title fights…4 of the champions in his stable enjoy favourable world rankings and his loyalty to the WBO has not gone unnoticed…

WBO Africa Boxer of the Year – was awarded to Braimah Kamoko of Ghana (22-0-0)…the strong and talented Lightheavyweight who is currently ranked Nr.2 in the latest world rankings…



Get ready – we are in for a bumper year in 2012.  More promoters from other parts of Africa are coming on board. Some of our current WBO Africa champions stand at the threshold of world title fights…so watch this space

My Pledge as Vice President for Africa for 2012:

  • Lead the Organization by upholding the values of Dignity, Democracy and Honesty
  • To raise the bar

In saying so – expect a few changes which will be communicated to you in due course!



  • Paulus Ambunda (17-0-0)       W12    Bongani Mahlangu (12-3-0)    Windhoek, Namibia (5th November 2011)


Also check out our brand new WBO website – launched at the WBO Convention in Puerto Rico (  Happy Reading!!



Until next time – KEEP PUNCHING


This picture shows Nestor Tobias proudly receiving the award of WBO Africa promoter of the Year from Mr Andrew Smale (on his right)…On the left of Nestor Tobias – is the Deputy Minister of Sport for Namibia – Minister Pohamba Shifeta who is a regular guest at tournaments in Namibia…

The award was handed to Mr Nestor Tobias before the WBO Africa Bantamweight title fight – which took place at the Windhoek Country Club – just outside Windhoek on Saturday – 5th November 2011.  Nestor Tobias has this year successfully staged 4 shows – involving 8 WBO Africa title fights…

Nestor currently has in his stable 5 WBO Africa champions:

  • Wilberforce Shihepo (16-6-0) – ranked Nr.11 in the WBO world rankings @ Super Middleweight
  • Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Uushona (25-1-1) – ranked Nr.10 in the WBO world rankings @ Welterweight
  • Martin Haikali (10-4-0) – Not ranked
  • Paulus Ambunda (17-0-0) – ranked Nr.3 in the WBO world rankings @ Bantamweight
  • Immanuel Naindjala (11-0-0) – ranked Nr.15 in the WBO world rankings @ Bantamweight

Any promoters and managers who are interested in linking up with Nestor’s Sunshine Promotions in Windhoek can contact him on:

Contact Numbers: +264811298581/+264812453349


NESTOR ‘Sunshine’ Tobias on Wednesday won the WBO Africa Promoter of the Year award for the second successive year.

Financial constraints meant that he could not accept the award in person.
Tobias will be officially presented with the award byWBO fourth vice president Andrew Smale before WBO Africa bantamweight Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda’s title defence fight next Saturday.
Arguably the top promoter in the country, Tobias said yesterday that he was not surprised to win the prestigious prize as it was testimony to the hard work put it by his stable, a point his detractors need to take note of.
“It’s through the boxers’ hard work and commitment that we are able to get these awards. To those people who are always talking negative about us, they should know that these things don’t come for free. For us boxing is our livelihood. It is all we do.”
The WBO Africa Boxer of the Year 2011 was awarded to of Ghana, a man Tobias felt had scored a dubious victory over Namibia’s Vikapita Meroro in July.
Ambunda, who faces challenger Bongani Mahlangu from South Africa, was the recipient of the award last year.


Keeping true to his nature, Tobias seized the opportunity to promote Ambunda’s upcoming fight. ‘The Rock’ Ambunda has the makings of a world champion, the handler said.
Tobias has plenty of faith in the fighter, whom he said has the potential to emulate former two-time middleweight world champion Harry ‘Onkugo’ Simon and former WBA lightweight title holder Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses.
According to Tobias, the 31-year-old Ambunda can secure his chance at world title shot once he disposes of Mahlangu.
The WBO bantamweight world strap is now vacant after two time champion Nonito Donaire stepped up a division, a development that has edged Ambunda closer to realising his dream.
“Ambunda is at his peak now,” Tobias said.
“He is rated number three in world and if he wins he can improve that position and become the mandatory challenger.
“It’s also motivation for him. I want him to be the third guy from Namibia to fight for a world title.”