The World Boxing Council (WBC) silver featherweight title fight between Namibia’s ABU featherweight champion, Nathanael Kakololo and current holder, South Africa’s Lerato Dlamini scheduled for March 8 in South Africa, has been called off.
A gutted and disappointed, Kiriata Kamanya, Namibia’s MTC-Salute Boxing Academy chairman and promoter, said in a statement on Friday he had received a call from the WBC Africa representative on Wednesday and was informed that the fight cannot go ahead because the local promoter was unable to pay the required sanction fees.
“Without this payment the WBC cannot sanction the fight. This is obviously a disappointment seeing that we signed a contract for a fight between Dlamini and Kakololo and the coaching staff worked extremely hard to prepare for this fight, but this is unfortunately beyond our control,” he said.
Kamanya said meanwhile his stable will try and get Kakololo a new opponent for his next title defense fight, which will take place on home soil.
“We would like to apologize on behalf of the fans who were looking forward to seeing him in action and bring back the title,” he added.
Kakololo boasts an impressive record of 11 fights for 9 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss and currently holds the ABU title.