Reho boxing club ready for the ring
Not only will this new club keep the town's youth busy, it also serves as a platform for scouting potential.
09 June 2019 | Sports
The academy was established to help the youth in Rehoboth to nurture and cultivate their boxing potential with the possibility of representing the town at a regional and national level in future.
“As a boxing academy we support government’s mission help get youngsters off the streets and to become involved in something worthwhile,” a representative of the academy said, adding that they would like to make an impact on the lives of the many Rehoboth young residents who face drug and alcohol problems.
Anthony Jarmann, former WBA super welterweight African champion, and boxing coach Titus Joseph were present when the academy first opened its doors to host a workshop that was attended by around 20 young pugilists.
“I was honoured to have been involved,” Jarmann said. “To start with we taught them the most basic aspects and I would love to remain involved in future and whenever they may need me.”
He added that the boxing club’s location is strategic – close to hangouts and bottle stores. “I believe the discipline and guidance will be of great value to young people, especially in a community where so many come from single-family homes.”
The Hardap Boxing Federation that assists all boxing clubs in the region was also at the opening. Boxing clubs can affiliate to the federation to participate at regional competitions, which paves the way to represent the country at national level.
The academy is open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00. Special sessions from 18:30 to 20:30 are offered for working youth. On Saturdays the gym is open from 09:30 to 11:30 and again from 16:00 to 18:00. Entrance is free specifically since it is a community project that aims to have a positive impact on the youth of the town.
The Legends Boxing Academy is currently making use of the youth centre at the old Reho Monte Hotel in Block B.
The launch next Saturday takes place from 10:00 to 12:00. The programme includes a progress report on what the academy has achieved at the facility thus far, as well as announcing the boxers who will be representing the Hardap region at the Regional Championships taking place in Katima Mulilo from 20 to 23 June.