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Four titles on offer at Independence Bonanza

FOUR titles will be on offer when the Independence Boxing Bonanza takes place at the Ramatex Hall on Saturday night.
In the main bout Paulus 'Hitman' Moses will defend his WBO Africa lightweight title against Benoit Vela of the DR Congo, while Immanuel 'Prince' Naidjala will defend his WBO Intercontinental title against Sibiniso Ngonya of South Africa in the main supporting bout.

In other African title fights, Sakaria 'Desert Storm' Lukas will defend his WBO Africa featherweight title against Oscar Chauke, while Walter 'Executioner' Kautondokwa will defend his WBO Africa middleweight title against Med Sebyala of Uganda.

The protagonists came face to face for the first time on Wednesday at a packed press conference at Post Street Mall, and they all exuded confidence ahead of Saturday's bonanza.

Vela, who is the IBF Africa super lightweight champion said his aim was to become a world champion.

“I'm the IBF African champion. My dream is to become the world champion so this is my opportunity to show the world what I've got. I know that Paulus Moses is a former world champion, but that does not bother me. My compatriots in the DRC expect me to bring his belt back home,” he said.

Vela is still undefeated after 13 fights with 12 wins and one draw, but this did not bother Moses.

“I like to fight undefeated fighters so that I can teach them how to be defeated. My brother, it's not a joke, and you won't be surprised by what will happen on Saturday night when you meet the Hitman. When I decided to become a boxer I took it seriously because this is my work, so there is no way that I'll lose, because I'm the man of the moment,” he said.

Ngonya, who has an impressive record of 10 wins and one loss and is the current WBA African bantamweight champion, said he expected to take Naidjala's WBO Intercontinental bantamweight title back home with him.

“I have come here to challenge Naidjala. I don't know anything about him, but he's just a boxer like me so I've come here to fight and Ill go back home with his belt. I know he's a champion, but I'm also the current WBO African bantamweight champion so I'll show you what I've got.”

Naidjala promised to put up a great performance.

“On Saturday we will celebrate Namibia's independence in style. It's a champion up against a champion, but I always say it's not just about winning, it's how you win that matters. I've got two babies to protect and that's my WBO intercontinental title and my world ranking, so I'll make sure that those two babies remain here.”

Sakaria Lukas faces a tough opponent in South Africa's Oscar Chauke, who has previously beaten Gottlieb Ndokosho and Abraham Ndaendapo in Namibia, but Lukas said that didn't matter.

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