ABRAHAM Ndaeundapo will challenge WBO lightweight intercontinental title holder Roman Andreev on 5 March in Moscow, Russia. Andreev (30) is ranked No.10 globally by World Boxing Organisation in the lightweight division.
The hard-hitting Energy, as the Namibian is affectionately known, will hope to emulate compatriot IBF/ IBO champion Julius 'Blue machine' Indongo in winning a title in his first professional fight on foreign soil.
Victory for the 33 year-old will set him on course for a world title contest.
“Abraham and many other boxers have been on my case calling me day and night looking for help. And that's to get them local and international fights, said WBO accredited matchmaker Immanuel 'AC' Moses, who facilitated negotiations for the fight.
Moses will accompany the former IBF Continental Africa super featherweight champion and his trainer Albertus Tsamaseb to Moscow.
According to Moses, they accepted the offer from Andreev in late January after studying footage of his fights. The Russian is unbeaten in 18 fights and boasts a 72 % KO success rate.
In contrast, Ndauendapo has three defeats and a no-contest in 19 fights. His last fight ended in defeat to Oscar Chauke of South Africa for the vacant World Boxing Federation Intercontinental super featherweight title in June last year.
“My duty is to make the deal and present it to the boxer and his team to make sure they know what they are signing for,” stated Moses, who doubles up as a trainer at the MTC Sunshine Academy.
Ndauendapo is signed up by rival promotion Salute Boxing Academy, but the chance for a lucrative fight abroad was too hard to pass up.
“I have connected many people in Africa and got them fights overseas. There are many fights out there and all we need to do is work together in the sprit of sportsmanship.
“We all know the crisis in our country when it comes to funding in sport. It will be difficult for professional boxers to have fights this year if you don't have the right people in your team,” Moses said.
- Title: Ndaendapo heads to Russia
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