By John Tuerijama
AFTER clinching the World Boxing Federation (WBF), Super Welterweight Africa title in a 47 seconds first-round knockout, Vakufilapo ‘Cowboy’ Wilhelm will step in the ring on 7 April to defend his title.
Formerly known as Vakufilapo Nashivela, who has since changed his surname to Wilhelm, knocked-out South African George Mduli to clinch the then vacant WBF Africa title, bringing his winning streak to six fights without a loss.
Wilhelm, is scheduled to defend his title against yet another South African pugilist, Roarke Knapp in the main event of the boxing tournament dubbed ‘Show Down’ at the Windhoek Show Ground.
In an interview with
Confidente this week, Salute Boxing Academy Spokesperson, Armas Shivute said that Wilhem had been training very hard in the defence of the WBF Super Welterweight Africa title.According to Shivute, the hard-hitting boxer was ready and eager to successfully defend his title.“He is one of our prospective future stars. The idea of Salute Boxing Academy is to have our boxers go through the necessary developmental stages before challenging for any African or international title.
“This is his first-ever title defence, and we will slowly continue moulding the boxer into a formidable fighter. Eventually we will have him and other boxers in our stable set for challenges of African titles,” he said. His challenger Knapp, boast the exact number of fights and wins which on 7 April the winner will up his boxing record to seven fights without defeat. “This boxer is a committed and dedicated lad, who when in the gym gives his 100 percent towards his training allowing nothing to distract him, that is the kind of boxer Wilhelm is,” said Shivute. Also on the evening, boxing fans will see Namibia’s seasoned pugilist Willbeforce ‘Black Mamba’ Shihepo in action under the banner of Salute Boxing Academy. Shihepo with two other boxers, the current World Boxing Council (WBC) International Super bantamweight champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda and Vikapita ‘Beast Master’ Meroro joined the Salute Boxing Academy. The boxers had moved from the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy.
Shihepo is scheduled to face Malawian-born, Mussa Ajibu from Malawi in what is expected to be an entertaining non-title fight. Shivute said that Shihepo, who is out on bail after being arrested for culpable homicide late last year, some 30 kilometers south of Okahandja en route to the capital city, will have his first fight under Salute Boxing Academy since joining the stable.“We are fully behind Shihepo, and one is only found guilty by the court of law and in the absence of such a ruling, we will support Shihepo all the way. He is out on bail and the case is still ongoing and we will treat him as any other boxer since he has not been proven guilty,” said the spokesperson. Boxing fans will have to fork out a N$100 for the general ticket to watch the tournament, N$200 for the VIP section while a table of ten people will cost N$20 000.
Under card fights are as follows:
Titus Thomas vs Frans Naanda (pro-debut)
Stefanus ‘Stone’ Shivambo vs Sam Shaama
Johannes Shitilitha vs Festus Matias
Dawid ‘Opuwo Flash’ Shinuna vs Costa Nilo Frans
Tommy ‘Show’ Nakashimba vs Joseph Joseph
Natanael ‘ Iron Fist’ Sebastian vs Dominicus Weyulu
Alfeus ‘Viber’ Sholongo vs Joseph Hihangwa
Simeon Shafodino vs Daniel ‘Open Fire’ Kashela
Featherweight WBF Africa title:
Nathanael ‘Natty’ Kakololo vs Israel Kammwamba
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