Telecom MD Frans Ndoroma flanked by Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa (left) and Albinus ‘Danny-Boy’ Felicianu (right) during the boxer’s courtesy visit to Telecom Namibia today.
By Oiva Angula
12 April 2013
Telecom Namibia Managing Director Frans Ndoroma received two recently crowned boxing champions at his office in Windhoek today.
The two boxers – Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa and Albinus ‘Danny-Boy’ Felicianu - recently inspired the country after defeating their challengers in Windhoek on 29 March 2013.
‘Smokey’ won the WBF International Super Flyweight title against the South African Dalisiswe Komani, while ‘Danny-Boy’ defeated Hebert Quartey from Ghana to win the new IBF World Youth Super Featherweight title.
‘Smokey’, who also holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) Africa Flyweight title, won the 12-round bout on a unanimous decision. The judges scored it 118-110, 115-113, 116-112 in his favour.
‘Danny-Boy’ won on points in a 10-round bout. All three judges scored 98-88 in the Namibian’s favour.
Both ‘Smokey’ and ‘Danny-Boy’ were accompanied by their managers/promoters Ludwig Haimbodi of Warriors Promotions and Simon Kinda Nangolo of Kinda Promotions, respectively.
The two boxers, who thanked Telecom Namibia for making the event possible through sponsorship, presented the company’s MD with the gloves they wore in their respective March 29 bouts.
“This [Telecom Namibia] is the house where champions are born. Working with Telecom Namibia more world [boxing] champions are still going to be born,” quipped Nicanor Nakaleke, chairman of Kinda Promotions.
The Telecom MD congratulated the boxers on their latest exploits in the ring, saying, “You fought not only for your own glory, you represented the Telecom Namibia brand in a fitting way, the Namibian flag, and proud that you represent our country so well.”
Ndoroma however cautioned against shady boxing promoters who are out to make a quick buck and congratulated the two boxing stables for a fantastic job that has put the two of pugilists on top of the boxing world and the country 'on the world map' once more.
“We believe boxing has a future; that is why we are sponsoring the game even at the grassroots level,” he said. “There is already a good foundation. If we achieve sustainability [in governance of the business of boxing], the future is bright.”
Ndoroma urged boxing promoters to go out and identify talents among the youth in different communities of the country in order to steel them into national and world champions.
“I am looking forward to again witnessing our champions’ superior firepower, steely determination and gritty spirit in future,” he concluded.