Namibia’s foremost boxing trainer, Immanuel ‘Imms’ Moses, has parted ways with the MTC Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Boxing and Fitness Academy, the Windhoek Observer has established.
The academy is owned by renowned boxing promoter, Nestor Tobias, who is currently in South Africa preparing Immanuel ‘Prince’ Naidjala for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-continental Bantamweight title fight in East London this Friday against Mzuvukile Magwaca.
Moses, a sibling to former World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight world champion, Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses, confirmed his exit from Sunshine, but refused to reveal the reasons why he had left, promising to make an announcement to the media at a later stage.
Moses left the academy this week, days after he was at ring side alongside Tobias and his fellow trainers Siegfried ‘SBK’ Kaperu and Joseph Hantindi at Lukas ‘Desert Storm’ Sakaria’s World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Featherweight title defence against South African boxer Tello Dithebe.
Moses had been with the academy since 2002.
“Yes, I am not anymore with Sunshine, but I prefer not to talk to the media now, but will do that at a press conference at a later stage,” he said.
Moses and two other trainers Kaperu and Hantindi have been the unsung heroes at the academy, making sure that the boxers are well-trained and prepared for their fights.
The academy, which was established in 2000, has received international acclaim, after it was awarded with the World Boxing Organisation (WBO)’s best African promoter award at the 29th WBO Convention in Puerto Rico in 2016.
Imms is the fourth prominent member of Sunshine to part ways with the academy this year after boxers Paulus ‘Rock’ Ambunda, Vikapita ‘Beast Master’ Meroro and Wilberforce ‘Black Mamba’ Shihepo left to join Salute Boxing Academy.
There are rumours circulating that former triple world champion, Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo, has also parted ways with the academy.
However, Indongo, who is currently in the north, has denied the rumours, saying that he is happy at the academy.
“Rumours will always be there. I am still a boxer of the academy and I am happy at the academy. There is nothing like that,” Indongo said.
Tobias refused to comment when asked if it was indeed true that Moses had left the academy.
“It’s not our style to share internal matters at the academy, especially if they are not in the public’s interest. We therefore wish to keep any matters related to our staff strictly internal and confidential,” Tobias said.
Moses, who normally travels with Tobias whenever a boxer from the academy travels to fight outside the country, was left behind on Tuesday, with Tobias preferring to travel to South Africa with Kaperu only.