Good times roll for Nam, SA boxing
Windhoek – The highly-respected Ring magazine rates five South African boxers among the ten best in the world in their divisions.In addition to that, the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) ranks seven Namibian pugilists in its top ten.
Promoter Rodney Berman has said the Ring magazine thumbs up proves South Africa’s boxing is not in the slump that commentators often speak of. The promoter now wants three of the leading fighters to take part in an Emperors Palace tournament in November. The three – all in Ring magazine’s top ten – are strawweights Hekkie Budler and Nkosinathi Joyi, and super-middleweight Thomas Oosthuizen.
Ring magazine places Ilunga Makabu ninth in its cruiserweight rankings, while IBO champ Hekkie Budler is second and and Nkosinathi Joyi is third.
IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane is placed fourth, Thomas Oosthuizen is eighth and Jeffrey Mathebula is ranked second in the junior featherweight division.
Isaac Chilemba from Malawi, who is based in South Africa, is ranked at number eight in Ring magazine’s light-heavyweight ratings.Across the border in Namibia, the WBO ranks seven pugilists from that country in its top ten ratings.
Betuel Ushona is placed fourth in the WBO’s welterweight division, Paulus Moses is at number five in the lightweight category, while Paulus Ambunda is ranked fifth in the bantamweight class.
Ushona is billed to defend his WBO Africa welterweight title against Kaizer Mabuza of South Africa on October 5 of this year; the same day that another Namibian – Vikapita Meroro (10th in the junior heavyweight category) – will defend his WBO Africa Cruiserweight title against Tanzania’s Pascal Ndomba.
Other Namibian boxers in the WBO’s top ten rankings are Immanuel Naidjala (WBO Africa bantamweight champion) who is sixth and Julius Indongo (WBO Africa junior welterweight champion) who is 10th in his category.