..as DRC opponent withdraws due to visa issues
By John Tuerijama
THE withdrawal of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) pugilist Jimmy Mabunji from challenging the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Africa middleweight title, saw Lukas Ndafoluma trading blows against compatriot Ebenestus Kaangundue last Friday at the Dome sport complex at Swakopmund. Ndafoluma took the bout on the night through a technical knockout. Affectionately known as the ‘Demolisher’, Ndafoluma easily took home the WBF Africa middleweight after Kaangundue blatantly refused to continue at the start of the fourth round. The win saw Ndafoluma taking his professional tally to 13 fights, 12 wins and one loss, while Kanguundue’s professional record stands at nine fights, six wins and three losses respectively. In an interview with Confidente this week, Ndafoluma said that he was initially disappointed when he was informed that the challenger from DRC pulled out after failing to secure a visa. “I was looking forward to fighting Mabunji but was only informed at the eleventh hour that he cannot make it to Namibia. However, I am glad that I fought Kaangundue and that he was ‘man enough’ to take the challenge which he was not prepared for.” He added that he prepared thoroughly for the fight against the opponent from DRC. Though he was initially disappointed, he was excited that Kaangundue decided to take the challenge head-on. He said the fight against Kaangundue was not an easy one. Even if Kaangundue decided to discontinue the fight prematurely, the first two rounds he came out very strongly. ”It was not an easy fight but I did what I had to do to make sure I become the new champion.” The strong-build boxer said that now that the fight is behind him, he is looking forward to bigger challenges in the future. Ndafoluma added that he now dream of becoming a world champion and that he is ready to face anyone in his quest to becoming a champion. “ It’s not going to be easy but I can fight anyone anywhere in the world and I am determined to accomplish just that,” he says. Also headlining the “Desert Rumble,” World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa super featherweight champion Jeremiah Nakathila impressively retained his title after beating Malawian opponent Wilson Masamba by technical knockout. Nakathila who just like Ndafoluma, had an easy fight against Masamba dominating the initial rounds with ease. This saw him claiming his 16th victory since turning professional. The hard-hitting Nakhatila from the MTC Nestor Sunshine Academy, overpowered his opponent with good combination punches that opened his way to a resounding victory. He stretched his professional standing to 17 fights, 16 wins and one loss. Newly crowned World Boxing Federation (WBF) Africa junior lightweight champion Onesmus Nekundi powered his way through after beating Abraham ‘Energy’ Ndaendapo by a split point decision. The newly crowned Nekundi brought his professional record to 16 fights, nine wins and five losses. In another mouth-watering non-title fight, promising talent Harry Simon Junior capitalised on the opportunity given when he hammered compatriot Lukas Handivele by a technical knockout. Simon demonstrated his intention of following in his father’s foot-steps by one day becoming a world champion. The lanky fighter made the fight looks so simple as he brought his professional record to five fights with no defeat. Making his pro debut on the evening was Swakopmund-born Sakaria Nikodemus who despite showing great skill had difficulties in overcoming Fillemon Nghutenyane. However, Nghutenyane won the fight by a unanimous decision bringing his boxing tally to two fights without a loss.
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