Namibian boxer Immanuel Naidjala has vowed to leave South African shores as the new IBF Intercontinental bantamweight champion, after his clash tonight with current holder Mzuvukile Magcwaca.
This bout is just one of four potentially mouthwatering spectacles that will be hosted by Xaba Promotions & Events at Orient Theatre, the home of East London boxing.
Unnerved about fighting in a foreign country, the 33-year-old is instead enjoying the experience so far and cannot wait to go out there and get the job done.
“I am happy to be here and I am so excited about this fight” he said. “It has been delayed too many times so all I want to do is put up a great fight and take what belongs to me, that’s all” He stated confidently.
“Prince” as Naidjala is affectionately known in his country, however, admits that he is in the dark with regards to his opponents’ attributes but has done his research.
“All I know is, he is an IBF Intercontinental champion, with 19 fights and no losses but obviously this Friday is going to be a tougher experience for him,” he promised.
The Windoek boxer is no slouch in the ring himself.
The former IBF Intercontinental as well as WBO Africa champion was not shy to disclose his game plan for the fight to the Daily Dispatch.
“I will take him on. I won’t wait for him to come to me, he must be obeying my rules and not me obeying his. I’ll try to push him as hard as I can for six rounds to see how hard he has trained.”
Naidjala’s trainer and manager Nestor Tobias, owner of highly reputable Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy in Namibia, sang the praises of his “hitman”.
“He is a class fighter and we hope he can be a world champion again, because he has everything you need in a boxer.”
He then goes on to reveal the incentives for victory in this bout. “It’s a must-win fight for him, because he just came out of an unfortunate loss, but it’s going to be a good fight and we invite the whole of East London to come watch.”
Naidjala, who claims his toughest fight was against Japanese boxer Tomoki Kameda, who he lost out to in a unanimous decision in Japan, concluded with one more bold statement ahead of the showdown tonight.
“If Magcwaca has trained hard enough, he can last 12 rounds. If he hasn’t, then he won’t make it inside the six rounds.”
In the same card Siphamandla Baleni risks his SA mini-flyweight crown against southpaw Xolisa Magusha.
Magusha from the legendary Mzi Mnguni camp will vie to become the second national champion from the club which already boasts junior-lightweight king Phila Mpontshane.
Baleni from Mthatha will engage in his third bout this year having beaten Thembani Okolo and Bangile Nyangani.