The MTC Knockout Project, which will see some of Namibia’s top entertainers and prominent personalities trading leather for a good cause gathered pace yesterday as the contenders received their training gear.
The project will only take place on 12 October, but at a press conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, the aspirant boxers received their training gear from MTC, while the ring girls were also presented to the media.
The personalities, who will all be in action with the aim of knocking out gender based violence, include musicians like D-Naff, DJ Cheeze, Sunny Boy, Tate Buti and Mappz Kapofi; business personalities JJ Doeseb and Amos Shiyuka; and political activist Job Amupanda.
Tim Ekandjo of MTC handed over training gear to all the boxers, while they were each also assigned a personal trainer from two boxing Namibian boxing stables, the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy and the MTC Salute Boxing Academy.
Some of the trainers who have availed their services to the project include former WBO African welterweight champion Ali Nuumbembe, top promoter Nestor Tobias, Josef Anhindi and Siegfried Kaperu.
The personalities are now expected to step up their training and hit the gym to be ready for their ‘fight for social change.’
Ekandjo said their progress will be followed closely with camera crews regularly visiting them and posting videos of their progress on social media.
At the same occasion eight ring girls who were all Miss Namibia finalists this year were also presented. They are Nashya Dunaiski, Preclina Sagarias, Varaa Hambira, Tracey-Lee Junius, Emily Kandanga, Taylo Mannetti, Lawren Pringle and Michele Labuschagne.
Ekandjo added that they had all designed their own outfits for the evening.
“Don’t expect the normal ring girl outfits, they have designed some very classy outfits,” he said.
The MTC Knock-out Project will be held at the Windhoek Country Club on 12 October, while the personalities will be involved in three one-minute rounds.