Uutoni climbs WBO rankings
Japhet ‘The Namibian Lion’ Uutoni has moved up from eighth to seventh in the latest WBO world rankings, just days before he defends his WBO Junior Flyweight International title.
“Uutoni has moved from number eight to number seven, and another win will definitely put him right into the top three, where we want him to be,” said promoter Nestor Tobias.
Uutoni is set to defend his title against Twalib Tuza from Tanzania on 8 October.
He goes into the fight with an impressive record of 12 fights, 11 wins and only one loss, while his opponent boasts a record of 18 fights, 15 wins and three losses.
“This fight is of paramount importance to Uutoni, as we are aware that the (WBO) Junior Flyweight world title is vacant at the moment, and a win therefore means everything, if we have any ambitions to fight for the world title in the future,” said Tobias.
Uutoni said he is taking the fight next month very seriously, as he knows what is at stake.
“I know the importance of the fight, for now and the future. I take nothing away from my opponent. He comes into this fight with more fights (under his belt), but I am more than ready, just like a lion is always ready to catch its prey.
“I want to invite all boxing fans to crowd the Windhoek Country Club, to give us all the motivation we will need on the night,” said Uutoni.
Other fighters, who will be in the mix on the night, include Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses, Walter Kutondokwa and Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas.
VIP tables are selling for N$10,000, while general tickets cost N$300.