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Boxers visit Telecom

Managing Director of Telecom Namibia with boxers Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa and Albinus ‘Danny Boy’ Felicianu.(Photograph by Melba Chipepo)

Managing Director of Telecom Namibia with boxers Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa and Albinus ‘Danny Boy’ Felicianu.(Photograph by Melba Chipepo)

Telecom Namibia Managing Director Frans Ndoroma received two recently crowned boxing champions at his office in Windhoek last week. The two boxers Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa and Albinus ‘Danny-Boy’ Felicianu recently became champions when they defeated their challengers at a boxing tournament held last month. ‘Smokey’ won the WBF International Super Flyweight title against the South African Sibusiso Twani, while ‘Danny-Boy’ defeated Herbert Quartey from Ghana to win the new IBF World Youth Super Featherweight title.
‘Smokey’, who also holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) Africa Flyweight title, won the 12-round bout on an unanimous decision. The judges rated it 118-110, 115-113, 116-112 in his favour. ‘Danny-Boy’ won on points in a 10-round bout. All three judges rated 98-88 in the Namibian’s favour. Both ‘Smokey’ and ‘Danny-Boy’ were accompanied by their managers/promoters Ludwig Haimbodi of Warriors Promotions and Simon Kinda Nangolo of Kinda Promotions, respectively. The two boxers, thanked Telecom Namibia for making the event possible through sponsorship, and presented the company’s MD with the gloves they wore in their respective March 29 bouts.
“This (Telecom Namibia) is the house where champions are born. Working with Telecom Namibia, more world boxing champions are still going to be born,” said, Chairman of Kinda Promotions Nicanor Nakaleke. Ndoroma congratulated the boxers on their wins, “You fought not only for your own glory, you represented the Telecom Namibia brand in a fitting way, the Namibian flag, and we are proud that you represent our country so well.”
Ndoroma however cautioned against shady boxing promoters who are out to make a quick buck and congratulated the two boxing stables for a fantastic job that has put the two of pugilists on top of the boxing world and the country ‘on the world map’ once more. “We believe boxing has a future; that is why we are sponsoring the game even at the grass roots level,” he said. “There is already a good foundation. If we achieve sustainability in governance of the business of boxing, the future is bright.”
Ndoroma urged boxing promoters to go out and identify talents among the youth in different communities of the country in order to steel them into national and world champions. “I am looking forward to again witnessing our champions’ superior fire power, steely determination and gritty spirit in future,” he concluded.

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