Diamondz in the rough

Big boxing bonanza in Reho on Saturday

13 September 2019 | Sports

Rehoboth • Tielman van Lill

The Hardap Boxing Federation in collaboration with the Legends Boxing Academy, host the Ruff Diamondz Development Tournament at Rehoboth’s Hermanus van Wyk Hall on Saturday as from 12:00.
Patrick Esterhuizen, international boxing referee and judge, is excited about Legends’ first tournament. As a founding member of the academy, he plays an important role as mentor and advisor, sharing his knowledge with the town’s aspiring champions.
“Homegrown talent get their first taste of an official boxing match over three rounds of three minutes each on Saturday,” he said. “We expect it to be a pretty big event. Admission is free and we invite everyone to support us. DJ Nicklaas provides music.”
On the program are 20 fights with Paula Vries, Jenola Olivier, Amandine Pietersen, Lee Heyns, Bryan Kotze, Victor Banna, Kayoko Matheus and Cameron “Hotdog” McNab in action.
In the main fight, Esterhuizen said that McNab takes on Onesmus Shaningwa of AC Boxing Academy from Windhoek in the super heavyweight class. McNab has won two of two matches so far and has a lot to prove as the more experienced fighter.
“Boxing is a technical sport, but Hotdog is a hard worker, learns quickly and will certainly be able to prove himself. Sport is a fantastic thing and the youth of Rehoboth have been waiting for such an event for years. They are excited about the future and are looking at life with renewed enthusiasm,” Esterhuizen said.
While Shaningwa is making his debut, he is coached by the experienced Imms Moses. Amongst others, Moses has built his experience in preparing world champions like Julius “Blue Machine” Indongo (former junior welterweight world champion of the WBA, IBF and IBO), Paulus Ambunda and Paulus “Hitman” Moses.
Rehoboth’s 23-year-old McNab (102 kg) represented Namibia as an u/20 rugby player, but tested positive for steroids and is currently serving a four-year suspension. McNab says he learned his lesson and can attest that shortcuts don't work in sports.
“It is not easy to reach the highest point in any sporting code. You will find the road to success difficult and you as a sportsman, will find it tempting to take a shortcut with the wrong methods instead. I took a shortcut and made a costly mistake but that taught me an important life lesson,” he said.
“If there is one thing I can say to the people and the youth, it is to stay away from things that can ruin your life. I was caught and suspended from rugby for four years. Three years have passed and I will be returning to rugby next year. I did not stop exercising; I got involved in boxing and concentrated on my exercises after hours.
“The All Black Sonny Bill Williams is my role model and that’s how I fell in love with boxing, because he boxed too. None of us know what we are able of, so it is natural to look into other sports to find your true talent.
He said that while he only has two fights under the belt, he was already in a Namibian shadow team participating in Morocco. “I was very nervous in my first two fights, but it felt good and I’m looking forward to this weekend’s matches,” McNab said.

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