Get to know Clement "Slow Poison" Kamanga
Updated: Nov 13, 2019
Limpopo Cruiserweight Champion, Clement Kamanga, affectionately known as “Slow Poison” sat down with Unleashed to discuss his upbringing, his introduction to boxing, as well as how he’d like to be remembered when he retires.
The Congolese fighter who currently resides in Rosettenville, Johannesburg South says that he and his brother Paul were bullied in school and that prompted them to learn how to defend themselves. The self-defence classes turned into a full-on obsession with boxing and resulted in an end to the lifelong bullying that they had sustained.
Clement has cited Mike Tyson as his favourite boxer, simply because of his speed and immaculate technique. “Mike Tyson is one of the most talented boxers.
"He’s strong and very quick for his size but he was not very disciplined outside of the ring” says Kamanga.
When asked about his own strengths as a boxer, Clement said that he prides himself on his power! He says he has an ability to absorb big hits and return them tenfold. Admittedly, he says that dieting in preparation for a fight is something that he struggles with, but he always does his very best.
Clement attributes a lot of his success to Unleashed’s Senior Coach Lionel Hunter. Clement says that in comparison to other trainers, Lionel places his boxers as paramount priorities. “He is not very concerned with money and the business side of things. He just wants us to be in the best physical and mental condition possible before heading into the ring. Lionel understands boxing and the need of the boxer because he used to fight himself. He is more hands on and less interested in the external distractions. He’s a professional.”
Clement says that in the sport of boxing a lot of sacrifices need to be made in order to perform at the highest possible level. “I have to make sure that I wake up and run even while others are enjoying their sleep. I don’t get to spend time with my family as much as I’d like to because dieting and training can become very draining.” Clearly being a top tier athlete comes with its drawbacks, but one can only surmise that the reward of all those sacrifices is just. In 2018, Clement won the Limpopo Cruiserweight Title. Clement cites that as his biggest career achievement.
When it comes to training, Clement says that his pet peeve is having to wake up on cold winter mornings to run. “Getting out of bed in winter just irritates me. However, I know that no matter what, I must stay disciplined.” On the other hand, the Cruiserweight Champion enjoys sparring as part of the preparatory process. “Certain boxers take you to the limit when you spar with them and that’s what the ultimate goal is. I don’t want to be remembered as a quitter. I want people to say Clement Kamanga showed a lot of heart, will and determination.
All of the abovementioned traits he attributes to his abundant support structure in the form of his father and 13 siblings. Clement’s father got the boys into boxing to combat the scourge of being bullied and he hopes to hinder the bullying epidemic in schools. He doesn’t want other children to have to experience the suffering that he went through. “Children are killing themselves because of how viciously they’re being bullied. Once I hang up my gloves, I’ll be focused on correcting that societal error.”