Ngaka Readies for Showdown In ‘Rumble in the Okavango’ Boxing Match

  • The baddest man on the planet “Iron Fist” Mike Tyson to be in attendance
  • The marquee bout will decide the next WBF Super Featherweight Champion


Anticipation is swelling to the climax as the countdown to the Rumble in the Okavango boxing match between Botswana’s Moabi Ngaka and Mark John Yap of the Philippines is scheduled for 30 March at Maun Sports Complex.

This spectacular promises to be a defining moment in the chronicles of Botswana boxing history, not least because of the presence of “the baddest man on the planet”, the multiple time heavyweight boxing champion “Iron Fist” Mike Tyson.

The marquee bout will decide the winner of the World Boxing Foundation’s Super Featherweight Title.

Boxing in the Global South

Organised under the auspices of the Okavango Consortium in collaboration with Botswana Tourism Organisation, the African Tourism Board, VSP Promotions, the Professional Boxing Association of Botswana, and The Perfect Punch, this event stands as a notable mark of the burgeoning talent and fervour for boxing in the Global South.

Drawing pugilists from far-flung corners of the globe, including Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, the Philippines, China, India and Vietnam, it epitomises the universal allure of the sweet science of bruising.

In a brief telephone interview with this publication, Moabi Ngaka came across as the sonic equivalence of confidence ahead of the imminent showdown.

Tyson’s electrifying energy

“My preparations for the event are going well,” he said, underscoring the mean approach that he is honing in the crucible of training alongside stalwarts like Kutlwano Okagetse, Kagiso Bagwasi, Steven Bagwasi and Aratwa Kesemang.

Adding a compelling allure to the event is the confirmed presence of boxing legend Mike Tyson as spectator. Renowned for his ferocious style and indomitable reign as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990, Tyson’s attendance promises to infuse the proceedings with an electrifying energy.

In speaking about Tyson’s attendance, Ngaka remarked that the icon’s interest and presence underscores the event’s capacity to not only captivate audiences but also to serve as a catalyst for promoting Botswana’s burgeoning tourism sector.