Desert Storm ready for title defence
Undefeated Namibian boxer Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lucas says he is ready to defend his WBO Africa Interim Featherweight title, when he clashes with Tanzanian Mohammed Kamburuta at the Windhoek Country Club next month.
Lucas, who is currently ranked ninth in the world in the WBO featherweight division, told the Windhoek Observer this week that he is confident that he will deliver the goods on 8 October.
“We know boxers say there are no easy fights, and I will say the same thing, because everyone goes into the ring to put up a great fight.
“I have been working very hard in the gym and I can assure you that my confidence is very high, since I won my last fight.
“I am prepared to give the Namibian nation a good fight, just to show my appreciation to the boxing fans.
“It is still too early to predict what I am going to do to that guy, but trust me, it is going to be one of the hardest fights of his career, because he will be up against a beast,” Lucas said.
The Namibian knocked out another Tanzanian fighter, Mohammed Matumla, during his previous fight, which was held in Windhoek on 11 June this year.
‘Desert Storm’ boasts of a record of 17 wins from 17 fights, with 12 knockouts.
His opponent next month will not be a pushover, given that he also remains undefeated with a record of 11 wins from 11 fights, with three knockouts.
This will be Kamburuta’s first title fight since he began his professional career back in 2012. It will also be his first professional fight outside his home country.
Promoter Nestor Tobias backed Lucas to do well in the upcoming bout, which takes place days before the annual WBO Convention, which is slated for Puerto Rico later in October.
“Lucas is a very great boxer, and it will be important that he defends his title, so that we can have a good story to tell at the convention in Puerto Rico.
“The world ratings in the past couple of months have shown that our boxers have improved and continue to dominate the sport in Africa.
“The convention will be a great platform for our boxers to earn a shot at a world title,” Tobias said.
Lucas will be well aware that former WBO Africa middleweight champion, Tyson Uushona, lost a vital fight on 10 October 2014, days before the WBO Convention that year, which cost him a crack at a world title.
Many boxing promoters use the convention as an opportunity to propose fights across the world given that most fighters are present.
Other fighters lined up for the night include Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses, Walter Kutondokwa and Jafet Utoni.