Local boxer Lesley Sekotswe intends to walk away with the IBF International Bantamweight title in a re-match scheduled for July 5th in Windhoek-Namibia.
The fight on March 23 could not produce a winner, leaving the title vacant. Judges scored the first fight 115-115,107-119 and 116-112 points in Sekotswe and Naidjala’s favour respectively.
However the 34 year old Botswana pugilist felt that he had won the fight clearly and should have been given the title. The dreadlocked boxer gave a good account of himself despite having been inactive for two years.
“Naidjala knows what happened in the first fight; he is a good fighter but this time around I will not give him a chance,” he said.
Sekotswe said he prefers fighting good boxers of Naidjala’s caliber as they are easy to counter.
“It is easy to anticipate a good boxer’s combination.
I prefer good boxers as compared to a bum boxer,” he said.
His opponent on the other hand said he has learnt a lot from the first fight and will be prepared to floor the man nicknamed the “Bomber” come July 5th.
“I have studied him well and I believe I will be ready for him,” said the 27 year old.
With 18 professional bouts, five more than Sekotswe the young combatant was expected to have an easy fight against Sekotswe to keep his dream of a world title alive.
Promoter and Trainer Nestor Tobias at the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy said the bout will be broadcast live on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.
“This is a match people of Botswana will not want to miss, we will negotiate with Botswana television to ensure they get the live feed from NBC,” he said.
Tobias Academy is considered one of the best in Africa, boasting of producing three world champions. One of the highly rated boxer Paulus
“The Hitman” Moses, rated third in the world is working on retaining his WBO International Lightweight title.
They also boast of producing 11 Commonwealth Champions, four Olympic boxers and 77 national champions.
Last month the Academy added to their impressive record when Paulus Ambunda was crowned WBO World Bantamweight Champion.
“We intend to take these two boxers on a journey to greatness, we know Lesley and have seen him through the years. This fight will definitey open more doors for the two fighters,” he said.
The Fitness Academy has a three year contract worth 7.5 million Namibian dollars with Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC).