Danny Boy set to motivate Rehoboth’s youth

A boxing champion has decided to use his fighting skills against social ills.

09 July 2020 | Sports

Albinius ‘Danny Boy’ Felesianu; Boxing Champ; “All they do is smoke and consume alcohol.”

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Swakopmund-based boxing champion Albinius “Danny Boy” Felesianu (33) intends to hold motivational talks with the youth of Rehoboth in the near future.

Danny Boy, who is the current International Boxing Federation (IBF) Africa Junior Lightweight champion, has a boxing record of 19 wins (7 via knockout), 3 losses and 1 draw from 23 bouts under his belt.

He says he hopes to help Rehoboth’s youth make better choices in life.

The boxer, who is known to make his opponents “feel the pain”, says the motivation to initiate the talks came after he witnessed many youngsters in the town resorting to drug and alcohol abuse.

“They don’t have anything to keep them busy. There are no gyms and all they do is smoke and consume alcohol. That is why I decided to step in and try to make a difference,” he said.

Plans have also been made for a gym to be opened in the town with the aim of teaching the youngsters boxing skills.

“There are some youngsters in Rehoboth who have the potential to be good boxers,” Danny Boy said.

The champion says that much more has to be done to improve boxing in the country.

“Promoters as well as managers need to come together for the common good of the sport and our youth. The likes of Nestor Tobias and Kiriat Kamanya should sit down and plan how they can assist the young, talented boxers and transform them into future world champions,” he said.

Danny Boy said that he still has aspirations of becoming a world champion despite his age.

“I will not throw in the towel until I reach this feat. I am always in the gym, working hard and I am looking forward to winning a world title in the next two years."

The boxer who uses an orthodox stance and possesses a devastating jab and uppercut, has not stopped training despite boxing being halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am always in the gym and working hard to stay fit. Sometimes I do shadow boxing in my room. I keep going because I cannot wait until the Covid-19 is a thing of the past so that I can train again,” he said.

He described his favourite fight as a gruelling battle for the then vacant IBF Africa Junior Lightweight belt against Tanzanian Yona Segu, which lasted 12 rounds in 2017 at Swakopmund’s Dome.

“It was a very tough fight, but I managed to learn from that encounter, especially when it comes to fighting against tough opponents. I will never forget that fight, because I was in a difficult situation but I still managed to win on points. If you want to be a champion, you must be able to win on points and know how to control a fight,” Danny Boy said.

The hard-hitting fighter’s journey in becoming a boxer of note was a difficult one. He started off training in a small parking area in Swakopmund before he was discovered by Albertus Tsamaseb.

The trainer moulded him until he was selected for the Namibian national team.

Coach Tsamaseb also groomed the 2016 Olympic Games Namibian flag-bearer, Jonas Junius and others.

Danny Boy urged all Namibians to stay safe and obey the rules that have been put in place to combat Covid-19.